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July 4, 2010 8:28 AM
Hi

Wouldn't mind finding out where other people are at with their resting heart rate. i'm concerned about mine since I've started wearing my Polar F11 for periods outside pure exercise. This morning when i checked it was as low as 42 bpm - should i be worried? Hope you can help or put my mind at ease....frown

Kenny

Some background info in case it helps paint a clearer picture - BMI 21.4, B/F approx 12%, bp 115/65, run 5 & 10ks most weeks & average 21 / 46 mins during training. I know the stats are ok & i feel fit now but historically was overweight - BMI was about 28 and sedentary was my middle name.
July 4, 2010 8:31 AM
Resting Heart Rate Chart For Women

Age /RHR for Athletes/ Excellent /Good /Above Average /Average /Below Average / Poor
18-25 /54-60 /61-65 / 66-69 /70-73 / 74-78 / 79-84 /85+
26-35 /54-59 /60-64 /65-68 /69-72 /73-76 / 77-82 / 83+
36-45 /54-59 / 60-64 / 65-69 / 70-73/ 74-78 / 79-84 / 85+
46-55 /54-60 / 61-65 /66-69 / 70-73 /74-77 / 78-83 / 84+
56-65 / 54-59 / 60-64 / 65-68 / 69-73/ 74-77 / 78-83 /84+
65+ /54-59 /60-64 / 65-68 /69-72 / 73-76 /77-84 /84+
Edited by dk82 On July 4, 2010 8:37 AM
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July 4, 2010 8:36 AM
Sorry had a hard time getting it to post ohwell
Edited by dk82 On July 4, 2010 8:39 AM
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July 4, 2010 8:41 AM
Of course you should talk to your doctor if you're concerned. But I don't think I would be if you're not having any other symptoms of anything.

I've actually never checked my official RHR upon waking but my regular HR usually runs around 50-55bpm since I've been exercising intensely. I'm still 195 pounds at 5'4" and you would laugh out loud at my 5k times. wink So since I'm not nearly as fit as you I can definitely see how your heartrate would be quite a bit lower than mine.

Prior to this "lifestyle change" my HR was always in the high 80s.
Edited by LittleSpy On July 4, 2010 8:43 AM
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July 4, 2010 8:47 AM
you're a runner, no need to be concerned usually. when i ran 30+ miles a week mine was 39. now i am around 60 and only run weekly.
July 4, 2010 8:56 AM
thanks guys - am feeling a bit brighter already! @mworld - glad to hear you were similar when running regularly.

@dk82 - thanks for taking the trouble to post the stats (I also must have undergone a sex change since i last looked wink )

@ little spy - thanks & there's no such thing as a bad time. I admire anyone who gets off their butt and makes a change. the PT in our gym runs 10ks in 36 mins so that keeps me humble all right - she's gotta be 5'0'' absolute max as well...
July 5, 2010 12:08 AM
My resting HR is in the low 40's when I am training cardio every day. It's in the low 50's with my training for the marathon. I talked to my physician and she said that this was nothing to be concerned about considering my age and fitness level.

Cheers!
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