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resting heart rate

Discussion in 'Training, Fitness and Health' started by bobg, 5 Apr 2008.

  1. bobg

    bobg Über Member

    Location:
    Crosby Merseyside
    While I'm in message posting mode ....
    I bought a heart rate monitor ( cos they were cheap in Aldi and I love gadgets ) and checked my resting heart rate 3 times over the last few days - its averaging 48. According to the chart I'm an athlete ... I think not!!!! Maybe its broken!! After 45 minutes full on on the spinner, I'm knackered and it only reads 120? Am I some kind of a mutant or is this usual. ;)
     
  2. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Manually try and take your pulse as well - or does the HRM have a flashing heart symbol that you can see if it flashes at the same time as your heart beats.

    Have you used a HRM before ?
     
  3. OP
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    bobg

    bobg Über Member

    Location:
    Crosby Merseyside
    1. OK Will have another bash tomorrow when I wake up.. Do'h never thought of that!!;)
    2. Yes I believe it did but I'm a man and dont read instructions...
    3 No never
     
  4. yello

    yello Guru

    That should get the heart rate soaring. Who will you be thinking of? ;)

    I would have thought that 45 "full on" minutes on a trainer would put you over 120. Sounds like something is up... perhaps not a good contact on the chest strap. I think I read a bit of spit on it helps.
     
  5. OP
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    bobg

    bobg Über Member

    Location:
    Crosby Merseyside
    A Mercian Vincentore :thumbsup::biggrin:
     
  6. caz

    caz Well-Known Member

    Location:
    West Midlands
    Yes Yello's right. You need to wet the contacts on the chest strap, otherwise you won't get a proper reading.
     
  7. OP
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    bobg

    bobg Über Member

    Location:
    Crosby Merseyside
    That could be tricky cos it goes round my wrist - it's meant for runners... You put your thumb and first finger on couple of buttons and it reads after about 4 seconds . Maybe I should sell it on E bay and get a proper one?
     
  8. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    Maybe you're not holding it close enough to your heart :blush:

    Either that or just you're another low-heart-rate-boaster :thumbsup::angry:
     
  9. caz

    caz Well-Known Member

    Location:
    West Midlands
    I believe you can buy cheap ones (about a tenner) from Lloyds chemist or from Aldi, when they're on offer, or you can pay a lot more for an all singing all dancing one that records lots of different info! Depends how much you want to spend and what info you want to know!
     
  10. Horace Goes Skiing

    Horace Goes Skiing New Member

    I reckon you've got one of them there Fahrenheit HRMs. You need to convert it to Celcius.

    Serious question: how are you going to take a reading when you are on the road?
     
  11. ASC1951

    ASC1951 Guru

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    That would be even more frightening for bobg - a resting pulse of 21.
     
  12. OP
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    bobg

    bobg Über Member

    Location:
    Crosby Merseyside
    You sussed me bonj .. I.m a low heart rate boaster . :sad: Tested it with wet fingers ( this is sounding gross) again 5 times today just after I woke up and it consistently read between 54 and 59
    ( that's quite warm for the time of year) and it was pretty much in line with my pulse taken manually. It did say in the instructions that if your heart rate was low you were either an athlete of had a heart condition. The question now is am I a hypochondriac or an optimist... probably the former. Good point about using it while riding ??? I'll stop :ohmy: Actually I bought if cos the HR meters on the stuff at the gym are broken + I thought I was going to die after using the spinner for the first time.

    Just putting aside whats gone before here, am I supposed to keep my HR within the range of 50%/75% of 220 - age to gain maximum aerobic benefit ?? .. or am I misunderstanding something cos that doesnt seem to take the resting rate into account??
     
  13. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    The 220 minus age theory is rubbish, you need to work out your max HR properly. best done on a stationary trainer but you can do it on the road.
     
  14. OP
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    bobg

    bobg Über Member

    Location:
    Crosby Merseyside
    Thanks very much Walker, thats what they told me at the gym but I've since googled and have found what seems to be some pretty helpful stuff to get me on the right track. Also grateful thanks to all who helpemd me with this
     
  15. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Just get used to riding with a pulse meter - it's a good indicator but don't 100% rely upon it - use judgement as well.

    It's good when you are hanging onto a clubmate's wheel and your HR is topping 205......you are about to die..... or climbing a hill and it's topping out.....