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What's the Deal With Heart Rate Recovery?

What's the Deal With Heart Rate Recovery?

What does Heart Rate Recovery mean and should I be testing myself?

The time it takes for the heart rate to return to normal after exercise is called Heart Rate Recovery and studies have found that this number can help determine your risk of heart attack and cardiovascular disease. Simply put: the healthier a person's heart is, the quicker it returns to its normal beat — the less healthy the heart is, the longer it takes it to return to its normal beat. People with an abnormal heart rate recovery, which consists of a score – or decrease – of 12 or less beats per minute, were at a greater risk for death from heart disease than those with normal heart rate recovery, which is a decrease of 15 to 25 beats per minute. A really fit person would experience a decrease of 25 or more.

To get an idea of your own heart rate recovery you simply subtract your heart rate at two minutes after stopping exercise from your heart rate at the very end of exercise. It's always a good idea to have a doctor check you out when exercising, but especially if you think your heart rate recovery is in a dangerous zone.


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Spectra Spectra 9 years
Mine recovers REALLY fast because I do so much cardio, but I wasn't always so fit. I remember when I first started working took my heart at least 5 minutes or more to get back to resting rate. Now, it takes maybe a minute or so.
Lala77 Lala77 9 years
Thanks for the information.I used to play professional volleyball in my teen years, and our coach always made us count our heart rate after we had finished the trainings, and tell him the number. But he never told us why. So now I know :D
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 9 years
"two minutes after stopping exercise" does that mean 2 minutes after stopping abruptly? I always take 5 mins to cool down gradually by slowing down my pace. If I don't, I usually get a little lightheaded.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Good to know!
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