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Is My Low Resting Heart Rate Too Low?

from Runner's World

This article includes ACSM and ACSM Past-President Bill Roberts, M.D., FACSM, as sources regarding determining resting heart rate.

One of the quickest, easiest ways to gauge your heart health is to check your resting heart rate (RHR). Considered as context for a slew of other markers—like blood pressure, stress, and sleep deprivation—heart rate typically lowers at rest compared to during any sort of activity, and it varies from person to person. "It is not unusual for healthy people involved in endurance activities to develop a bradycardia based on the increased vagal tone from training that suppresses heart rate," says William O. Roberts, M.D., a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota. “Training also increases the heart size so it can push out a greater volume of blood to the body with each contraction.” more

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