I was pleasantly surprised when I got a notification on my phone saying a new trend or my resting heart rate. It said my resting heart rate has reduced to 56 BPM from 67 BPM.
Reduced Resting Heart Rate 56 BPM from 67 BPM.
What is Resting Heart Rate?
I wasn’t aware of what resting heart rate is and why was it important. I started searching about it and found out that it is a good indicator of your health. The resting heart rate is the number of times your heart beats per minute when it’s at rest.
When you are fully relaxed, it will be slower than your normal heart rate. Your resting heart rate is an indicator of how healthy you are and if you have any cardiovascular problems. It is also used to predict your future risk of developing heart disease or stroke.
You can check your resting heart rate by simply placing two fingers on your wrist or neck below the earlobe. I use Apple Watch and it keeps track of many vitals including the heart rate.
Why did my Resting Heart Rate go low?
Now coming to the point of what made my heart beat slower. It was running. Yes, running, I did run for a minimum of 5K and also made sure I completed 10000 steps on any given day. I had stopped all sorts of physical activity due to knee pain and work pressure. Almost July, August, September, October and November went mostly idle. look at the attached screenshots. (I use the fitness app on my iPhone plus Apple Watch to track these.) I started running again in the month of December and also made sure I complete at least 10000 steps a day if I am not running. The result was just awesome, as I started feeling light and high on energy throughout the day.
Chill and Just Run.
One thing I have learnt in this roller coaster journey is to chill, focus on your goal, and JUST RUN. I guess that is when I get all the energy and strength to take the world head-on.
So, Just go out and run.
A motivational writeup much needed to set health goals when the new year is around the corner!!