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Resting Heart Rate Average Calculator Help

Resting heart rate is an indicator of your cardiovascular fitness level or how well your heart and lungs work. Typical resting heart rate is about 72 bpm, while highly trained runners may have resting heart rates around 35-40 bmp. Your average resting heart rate should be 15 to 20 bpm slower than your normal heart rate. The more fit you are, the lower your resting heart rate will be. As you monitor your average resting heart rate, you'll see this number drop as you become more fit.

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Resting Heart Rate (RHR) The best time to determine your resting heart rate is before getting out of bed in the morning after waking naturally (without an alarm or other source). If you never wake naturally, you can use your heart rate after sitting down and relaxing for at least 5 minutes. Use your index and middle finger to find your pulse at the side of your neck or on your wrist and count the number of heart beats for 10 seconds or 1 full minute. Do this for 3 to 5 mornings (they do NOT need to be consecutive mornings) and enter your results here.
10 sec If you counted heart beats for 10 seconds, enter the results in this column.
1 min If you counted heart beats for 1 minute, enter the results in this column.

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Average RHR Your average resting heart rate for 10 seconds and 1 full minute. As your fitness level improves this number will drop.
Interpretation An interpretation of your cardiovascular fitness level based on your average resting heart rate.

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Updated 04 Jul 2007