I was flicking through Calorie King and came across the health diary.
So I entered my body fat % (eww...) and measured my resting heart rate.
Now, from what I remember from human biology in school (which might not be very reliable 'cause I didn't pay much attention
) the fitter you are the lower your resting heart rate is.
The average in an adult ranges from 65-90 bpm and I was pretty shocked when I measured mine to be at an average of 56 bpm. I don't do any team sports, I've never been athletic, and I've only just started regularly exercising (just walking).
I used two fingers (index and middle) on the carotid artery in my neck, counted the beats for 15 seconds, and multiplied by 4.
To be sure I didn't miscount, or make an error in calculations, I did it twice more. Counting the beats for 30 seconds and multiplying by 2, and then counted the beats for 60 seconds straight. I got readings varying from 52-58 bpm for all my recordings.
Am I measuring it correctly?
And if I am, is this something to be concerned about?
On another note, I want to invest in a decent Heart Rate Monitor thingo.
Do you guys have any recommendations or tips on what I should look for?