A friend and I were talking about our food intake and how it compares to our caloric output and so we decided to each wear our watch and heart rate monitor to get a baseline read on our ‘fitness’. The premise was simple – wear the heart rate monitor for 24 hours and set the watch to record every 60 seconds for the entire 24 hours. I decided my recording should take place on a workout off day, meaning the only exercise I would get is my daily walk commute to and from work, lunch, and clicking my mouse button and pressing the control and z buttons simultaneously and multiple times during the day.
After comparing my average heart rate against my friend’s and consulting various webpages (here, here, and here.) (That’s right, webpages never lie. Ha.), I have come to one of several conclusions:
a. I am somewhere between just average and below average. (Most likely scale=9)
b. My watch and heart rate monitor are inaccurate. (Most likely scale=6)
c. I am physically younger than my actual age. (Ha.)
d. Sitting at my desk resting heart rate was ~70bpm (Seems high?)
e. Sleeping resting heart rate was ~55bpm (Seems about right.)
f. In 24 hours of living I burn about 2300 calories (Also seems about right.)
d. This doesn’t really tell me much. (Most likely scale=10)
As the runs become more frequent and grow longer in distance, over time the awake resting heart rate should lower which theoretically means when I work out my heart rate will be lower. Lower heart rate means less work, which means it’ll be easier to run (bigger) faster stronger (#louder) and it should generally be easier to run.