Strategies for lowering your resting heart rate – an important measure of cardiovascular health


Heart Health

Strategies for lowering your resting heart rate –  an important measure of cardiovascular health

by Nathan Batalion, PhD, Naturopath, Triathlete

(Healingtalks) Your heart has so many beats per minute and as a gauge of how hard it is working to pump blood throughout your body. It is thus important to have strategies for lowering your heart rate by strengthening your heart muscles and thereby improving your overall health. While your heart is more than a pump, being a vital subtle energy center for the body’s emotions, it does mechanically function in a pump-like way to circulate blood throughout your body. If the heart rate is lower when resting, this indicates the muscles are stronger. If the heart rate is faster when resting, the muscles are weaker. Like any muscle in the body, your heart muscles can be developed or strengthened.

How to find your resting heart rate

The resting heart rate is the lowest rate at which the heart pumps blood and generally occurs when the body is most at rest, such as when waking up in the morning. By knowing your resting heart rate, you can have a measure of your overall health and conditioning.heart rate zone

Setting heart rate targets

To reach optimal health, you can actively set heart rate targets. Lowering your resting heart rate can significantly reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke and increase your endurance and feelings of well-being. Most people have a heart rate in the range of 60 to a 100, unless you are an athlete. Athletes can commonly have a rate 40 to 60. Your training is likely to be, at most, at 80-85% of your maximum heart rate, which base maximum rate is age adjusted.

What else?

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