Click here, and give it a try.  Your recovery heart rate tells a lot more about you than your BMI ever could.  While the BMI is a lousy indicator of health (ranking anyone with either considerable height or muscle mass as either “overweight” or “obese”), your recovery heart rate is a pretty good judge of overall heart health regardless of your height, weight, or muscle tone.

All you need to do is take two heart rate measurements.  First, your heart rate IMMEDIATELY after the end of your workout.  Second, your heart rate two minutes after the first reading.  Simple enough, right?  Give it a shot, and if you don’t mind sharing post your results in the comments section.

  1. Neil says:

    Cool link! Looking forward to trying that out. I was relieved that my target rate is 108-144. It is usually around 140-150 when I ride a recumbent bike, and I was worried that I was slacking and not working hard enough!

  2. Yeah, I tend toward the high end of the scale- cycling between 142 and 182. However that is because most of my cardio is interval training.

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