Friday, June 12, 2009

Resting Heart Rate

Happy Friday, everyone! I had a fantastic workout today. I feel really good, positive and energized. Which is good because I'm off to work shortly and Monday and Tuesday were the worst days I've had in about 15 years so I'm not looking forward it. I can't say enough about how good exercise makes me feel mentally and emotionally. The feeling of accomplishment that leads to happy feeling that lasts all day, not to mention the really good post-workout high. I'm not going to blow smoke though, it's hard and I get sweaty, smelly and out of breath but a nice shower after the small daily investment and I'm set up for the day.

I'm meeting with a personal trainer on Monday morning. I feel like it's time to start challenging myself a bit more. His name is Blake and he's young and kinda cute with a face full of freckles. He seems to have a good attitude about working hard yet efficiently to make the most of the time. I like that! I'll let you know how it goes.

Now about the title. Do you know your resting heart rate? 68 pounds ago, mine was topping out at 90+ beats per minute, which is very high for someone my age. This meant my heart was working very hard at rest which put me at risk for a heart attack. A high resting heart rate can also lead to excess glucose production, which can lead to insulin resistance. Scary stuff. Since I've taken up exercise and taken some weight off, my resting heart rate is around 71 bpm, which I'm really pleased about and hope to improve that even more as I progress.

If you want to read more about it, here is a interesting article.

No comments:

Post a Comment