2014 Benchmark

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.

Here are the results:
Tt50 - 24 hours of living - cropped

Possible Conclusions:
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)

Moving Forward:
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. 

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