Number One Fitness Tool - FREE and All Natural - Your Resting Heart Rate and Heart Rate Monitors
I am passionate about fitness not just because it makes me feel and look better; I am passionate about fitness because I need fitness. I had open heart surgery in 1976 at Mayo Clinic. I still have a heart murmur which someday must be addressed. I am awaiting the new technologies that are just being launched this year. My sister in law was the 49th recipient at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago, Illinois for a new heart procedure that repaired her aortic valve - a non-invasive procedure meaning no heart and lung machine (the method is similar to an angiogram). So now you know my personal heart story. As a certified personal trainer and aquatic exercise instructor, I have learned something very important about myself and fitness. The number fitness tool:
...is not a piece of equipment
...is not the movie star instructor
...is not a motivational DVD
...is not a new infomercial gadget
...is not an aquatic fitness tool
...is not a resistance band
...is not an exercise poster
What is this number one fitness tool - do you ask?
Remember the movie Wizard of Oz and in the end the Wizard came out to help Dorothy find her way back home? Remember the answer to her long journey was simply to "click three times". The answer was in herself. She could simply state "there's no place like home" and click three times. It was within her own magic that she was able to take her to a new place.
Number One Fitness Tool - Your Resting Heart Rate
The same is true for our fitness goals - the greatest tool is right within us. The number one fitness tool is your resting heart rate. It is simple to access and read, it is simple to track over time. You need no equipment other than a clock and finding your pulse. For those attending the health club, the club is filled with equipment with heart rate monitors, simply take note of your resting heart rate before you begin exertion. Write it on your calendar and track this number over time. I like to track it weekly - for others monthly is probably sufficient.
What Does the Resting Heart Rate Tell You?
It tells you how efficient your heart is. An efficient heart beats less, a heart that is struggling must beat more often to maintain our human body.
Elite athletes have very low heart rates. Don't believe me - read more below:
Resting Heart Rate Table
Heart Rate Chart
Resting Heart Rate = Number One Fitness Tool
How to Find Your Resting Heart Rate
While I love my heart that I own and the heart clubs I attend all have a myriad of machines that will readily tell me my heart rate. You can find your resting heart rate right at home with nothing more than a watch or clock with a second hand. Simply follow this link and this premier site will guide you not just on your resting heart rate but also finding your maximum heart rate for your stated fitness goals: Heart-rate-training rate monitors
"Resting heart rate (HRrest) is a person's heart rate when they are at rest: awake but lying down, and not having immediately exerted themselves. Typical healthy resting heart rate in adults is 60–80 bpm, with rates below 60 bpm referred to as bradycardia and rates above 100 bpm referred to as tachycardia. Note however that conditioned athletes often have resting heart rates below 60 bpm. Tour de France cyclist Lance Armstrong has a resting HR around 32 bpm, and it is not unusual for people doing regular exercise to get below 50 bpm. Other cyclists like Miguel Indurain and Alberto Contador have reported resting heart rates in the mid-20s." [ citation needed ] source: wikipedia.com
Resting Heart Rate - Step by Step Guide
RAS - Reticular Activating Systems
The reticular activating system (RAS) is an area of the brain (including the reticular formation and its connections) responsible for regulating arousal and sleep-wake transitions.
My Resting Heart Rate
I wanted to share with you my personal story. I have been tracking my resting heart rate over the five years I have been certified as a personal trainer. I find it fascinating for both me and to be able to share with my clients, my resting heart rate varies from the low of 64 to the high of 94. When I exercise simply 3 times a week, my heart is very happy, and it rewards me with an efficient heart rhythm of 64 beats per minute. When I slack off and I feel sluggish - my heart must also because it shoots up to 94 beats per minute.
Track your resting heart rate and feel free to share your story. Be sure to let us know if you feel better at the lower rate.
Health is More than Appearances
We concern ourselves with our weight - slender is good, obese can be dangerous. But our health is more than just what we eat. And I am not saying that proper nutrition and portion control is not important. I am saying we have a great fitness tool literally at our finger tips (sorry pun intended - bear with me!) and we are not using that tool.
"Life Will Pay Any Price You Ask of It"
Tony Robbins says to take your "shoulds into musts". Life will pay any price you ask of it. The bible says ask and you shall receive. Ask intelligently. You are getting what you are asking for. The more clear you are about what you want, the sooner you will get there. If you condition your brain, it will condition your brain to get there.
RPM and RAS From Tony Robbins
When you decide what is most important to you, your brain goes after it.
As Mr. Robbins details in this motivating video, every one Mr. Robbins knows who is successful, knows the result that they are after. They know precisely what they want. A part of your brain RAS (recticular ) RPM metaphor the way you get to where you want - you have to built power. You need to know exactly what you want. Clarity is power - you must know the exact have to know the specific result that you want. Emotional drive is built upon reasons.
Let your resting heart rate serve as your foundation for reasons. Track your resting heart rate and see if your motivation for fitness increase over time. Know your body. Know when you are exercising 3 times a week or more what your heart is capable of for efficiency; and know when you slack off how your heart changes.
Medical Advice - Physician is Number One
Having stated all of this, I must be clear, while I am huge promoter of tracking your resting heart rate, nothing - absolutely nothing - replaces sound medical advise. The information on the resting heart is simply an added tool to help in meeting your fitness tools. Always consult with your physician - let that professional be your number one guide.
New Fitness Goal - Beyond the Weight - Track Your Resting Heart Rate
Take Mr. Robbins advice and be very clear about your goals, have a clarity in what you wish to achieve. Use the fitness tool of your resting heart rate as a motivating factor in your fitness program and see if this helps. Let us know your personal results and what motivates you. Let us learn from you too!
Resting Heart Rate
Resting Heart Rate Chart
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