What does Resting Heart Rate mean?
Your resting heart date is measured when you have been sitting still for a prolonged period of time. It is a count of the number of times your heart beats over the course of a minute. A normal resting heart rate is 60-100 beats per minute, according to the British Heart Foundation. Your resting heart rate can be affected by a variety of factors such as age, stress, activity levels, certain medications and medical conditions.
What if my resting heart rate is low?
Some people, such as athletes, have a low resting heart rate below 60 beats per minute and this is normal for them with no other symptoms nor risks to their health. However, if your heart rate is low you may experience symptoms such as dizziness, fainting or fatigue. This is why we assess this value within our LEAR Health Assessment Medical Screening, so that we can factor this in your training prescription and class planning to ensure we keep you safe and avoid these symptoms
What if my resting heart rate is high?
There are a wide variety of factors that can cause a high resting heart rate. These include certain medical conditions, lifestyle factors and certain medications. Associated symptoms can include dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath, fainting and confusion. Again this is why your LEAR Health Partner will screen this value to ensure we keep you safe when exercising, and can advise when to seek medical input if indicated.