Restarting a very old thread.
It has been five years since I started the thread noted above. So, for the heck of it, I checked my "Heart Rate Recovery" again on my ride yesterday.
I was pushing as hard as I could, and got the ticker up to 138 bpm. One minute later it was 107, a drop of 31 bpm.
So, how about you?
Heart rate recovery is one of the best indicators of cardiac fitness. Of course, there are many, many other indicators and techniques, but this is simple and easy.
"1. Accelerate your heartrate through running, biking, or other method to an anerobic level (a pace you can do for only 20-30 seconds... such as a full sprint)
2. Measure the heart rate with a monitor at the end of the sprint.
3. Recover for 60 seconds by walking or biking slowly (do not stop moving!)
4. Measure the heart rate after 60 seconds and subtract that number from the peak.
POOR less than 12 Beats Per Minute (BPM) recovery
Over 40 is outstanding.
The recovery rate is important because this is a measure of the soundness of our cardiovascular system and not just our heart health.
A recovery rate of greater than 35 BPM indicates almost no risk of sudden death from heart disease!
12 or less increases the risk dramatically. People with this issue need to consult with their Doctor before exercising!"