I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the details I posted regarding the guest speaker in my Slimming World group on Saturday (link). The facts and figures that he imparted to the audience really stuck with me – but of particular interest was the resting heart rate and what average people are vs fit people.
Up until that point I’d never really paid any serious attention to it – and I was way more focused on how high it got during exercise rather than what it did when I was slumped in an armchair.
I’ve been aware for quite a while that my peak heart rate was much lower lately when walking than it used to be – but if I’d assumed for a while that the less weight I carried the less my heart needed to pump blood around to enable me to move – and it was this that was the primary cause of the change.
I’d not really considered too much what this meant to my heart when I wasn’t moving – and what that said about my fitness.
In my blog on Saturday I stopped whilst typing, relaxed for a little while and checked my pulse on my Apple Watch.
It was 46.
I was pretty chuffed with this.
Then yesterday I started playing around with my watch and health kit on my phone – and realised that to my surprise when WatchOS 4 came out in September 2017 (link) it introduced the ability for my wearable to track this metric – and it’s quietly been doing so ever since.
So I checked my history…
What it’s been tracking is flipping awesome!!!
My resting heart rate is sitting solidly at 40-41bpm!
A bit of Googling shows what a guy in his mid forties should be and my mind is actually a bit boggled.
Unless I’m going crazy this says my heart is in exceptionally good health for my age. Given that just two years ago I couldn’t walk to the end of my road and looked like this:
It seems pretty amazing.
Honestly at this moment in time I couldn’t be more proud of the changes that I’ve made and to see such a profound indication that I stand to live a longer healthier life makes every single step I’ve taken and all the miles I walk every day totally worth it.
It just goes to show internet – where there’s a will there’s a way – and if a moribund lump like me can achieve a change of that magnitude then the sky is the limit.
You can be who you want to be – you just have to want it enough!