An increasing number of wearables include the option to track the resting heart rate – around the clock! But the question is: What can resting heart rate data tell us?

Fitbit – one leading wearable manufacturer – has published an infographic for this topic. Fitbit sells different wearables with 24/7 resting heart rate (RHR) tracking: Surge, Blaze and Charge HR with Fitbit PurePulse technology.

Fitbit Blaze Smartwatch with 24/7 RHR tracking (image: Fitbit)

Fitbit Resting Heart Rate: Most important statements

  • Definition RHR: Heart beats per minute when you are awake and relaxed.
  • Indicator of your fitness level and your cardiovascular health.
  • Adult Fitbit users have a RHR range from 50 to 90 beats/minute.
  • A lower RHR is an indication of long life.
  • 4 reasons why you should watch your resting heart rate:
    1. Monitor your cardiovascular health
    2. Watch your fitness level
    3. Indicator of deseases
    4. Avoid overtraining
  • The RHR correlates with the BMI (Body Mass Index): Users with a normal body weight have a lower resting heart rate.
  • Active Fitbit users have a lower RHR.
  • 15 to 20 minutes activity minutes per day lower your RHR.

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Fitbit Wearables – What can resting heart rate data tell us? was last modified: March 28th, 2016 by Joachim Bardua

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