The best time to check your resting heart rate is first thing in the morning, before you get out of bed. But if you are an avid cyclist or runner, it makes sense to check your heart rate at other times throughout the day as well. You can do this by counting beats for a few minutes and then subtracting that number from the total number of beats during that period. This will give you a more accurate reading of what your current resting heart rate is at any given moment.
It’s important not to equate a low resting heart rate with being fit or healthy because some people have very slow rates when they are extremely fit and healthy compared to others who may have higher rates despite being less fit and healthy. In my experience, sometimes athletes even have unnaturally high levels when they train intensely without eating enough calories—so don’t feel bad if yours doesn’t match up perfectly with someone else’s!
How often should I monitor my resting pulse? What does it mean?
I think most people need only one rest-pulse measurement per year (and many doctors recommend doing less frequent measurements). After all, our bodies change over time: We lose weight around our midsection; we gain muscle mass in our thighs; we grow older; we get sick more often . . . so there’s no point in taking multiple measurements if yours has been pretty stable since last year! With age comes changes such as increased blood pressure caused by stiffer arteries (the