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Why is the Healthy Heart Rate is Important to us?

Last updated on November 13th, 2022 at 09:54 am

Did you ever ask yourself why knowing your heart rate is important or why there are more and more people wearing devices such as Smart Watch to monitor it?

You probably all remember that moment you learned how to measure your heart rate by taking your pulse on your wrist or neck. That feeling of taking ownership of your own health and wellness was magical, as it would give you instant information about your condition. Being aware of your resting heart rate can help you realise when something in your body isn’t quite right.

Beats Per Minute (BPM) are just one of the countless metrics your wearable is constantly recording.

What is the Ideal heart rate?

Your heart rate is the number of times your heart beats per unit, usually minute. What is known as pulse is a bulge of an artery from waves of blood that course through the blood vessels each time the heart beats.

The pulse is often taken at the wrist or side of the neck to estimate the heart rate. The heart rate may be too fast or too slow, depending on several factors. Normal heart rate varies from person to person and is based primarily on age rather than gender, although men tend to have slightly lower heart rates than women.

The ideal resting heart rate for adults is 60 to 100 bpm. Healthy young adults or very fit individuals such as athletes may have resting heart rates below 60 bpm. This is because a fit heart has a larger stroke volume; meaning a higher amount of blood is pumped out of the heart per beat, so the number of beats necessary per minute to perfuse the body is reduced, while hearts with higher stroke volumes don’t have to beat as frequently to maintain a normal cardiac output.

A low heart rate with no other symptoms is usually the sign of a very healthy heart muscle. A consistently low heart rate (below 60 bpm when resting) is known as bradycardia, while a consistently high heart rate (over 100 bpm when resting) is known as tachycardia.

It’s normal to have an elevated heart rate when you’re exercising, stressed, anxious, sick, or have consumed caffeine. However, if your resting heart rate is lower than 60 bpm or over 100 bpm and you’re experiencing chest pain, dizziness, weakness, palpitation, or other concerning symptoms, this could be a sign of a serious underlying issue and you should be consulting a doctor.

Importance of Keeping a Healthy Heart Rate

It has been proven that there’s a correlation between your heart health and your physical condition. A lot of studies have linked higher resting heart rates with lower physical fitness, as well as higher blood pressure and body weight.

Therefore, increasing your aerobic fitness is an essential part of building a healthy heart. The more you exercise, the more you will be able to lower your resting heart rate, helping your lungs and heart become stronger while also considerably reducing your stress level for a better life balance.

Exercise is essential for optimal heart health and monitoring your heart rate during your fitness routine can be a great help when you know which heart rate zone you should be aiming for. Target heart rates can be used to maximise the efficiency of your workouts, as well as reduce the risk of injury and mental fatigue.

Typically, exercising at 60 to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate is the most beneficial, while exercising at the lower end of this percentage or doing interval training (where your heart rate goes up and down) is ideal for fat burn. Meanwhile, exercising at the higher end is ideal for building your overall cardiovascular strength.

Conclusion

Heart rate monitoring should be important to everyone, regardless of age or physical condition. If you feel the need to change your lifestyle over the long term to acquire a healthier, younger heart; it is maybe worth investing in a fitness and health companion such as a Smart Watch that will not only advise you, encourage you and alert you if something goes wrong but will most importantly respect your choice to share or not your personal collected data by keeping them securely private until you decide otherwise.

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