💡Resting heart rate (RHR) is a measure of how many times your heart beats per minute while at rest, says Dr. Wells, Ph.D., assistant professor of kinesiology at University of Toronto.
💡A RHR between 60 and 100 beats per minute (BPM) is considered normal but 60 to 80 is optimal, according to M.D., cardiologist N.Goldberg.
💡Generally, a lower heart rate indicates more efficient heart function and greater cardiovascular health.
Many factors influence what is a ‘normal heart rate’ for every person. Genetics, age, gender... those aren’t really things that we can change.
☝️But... there is one factor that you can influence: your FITNESS LEVEL!
❤️When you exercise your heart needs to work really hard to pump enough blood to your lungs and muscles. When you subject it to this stress regularly (exercise is a physical stress), your heart slowly adapts by growing & getting stronger. As a result/adaptation, it is able to pump more blood with fewer beats.
🧠 At the same time, the more you train, the better your body gets at activating the parasympathetic nervous system. In a simple words, it’s your recovery & regeneration system that calms your body down. It relaxes your lungs, heart, blood vessels, digestion, etc.
💡According to Dr. Wells, when you train more you put your body under stress that stimulates sympathetic nervous system, your body gets better at flipping on the parasympathetic system to restore balance post-exercise.
❤️A more activated parasympathetic nervous system contributes to a lower RHR.
🙋🏼♀️Basically, with regular exercise your body gets more healthy and more efficient during many bodily functions. And it all depends on you!
Happy Friday! Stay active. Take care of your ❤️
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