Increasing Resting Heart Rate Can Kill You
Your “resting heart rate” can give you a good determination of how physically fit you are. The lower the heart rate, the greater the fitness. Typically, your resting heart rate (how fast your heart beats just before you get out of bed in the morning) should be below 70 beats per minute (bpm). People that are in exceptional condition have been known to have resting heart rates below 40bpm.
If you aren’t careful, your resting heart rate can creep up over time. A recent study found that people whose resting heart rate goes from less than 70bpm to over 85bpm increased their risk of dying from ischemic heart disease to almost double. Almost the same increase in risk of ischemic heart disease occurred for those whose resting heart rates went from between 70bpm and 85bpm to over 85bpm.
This is one of the reasons you want to include cardio exercise in your weekly fitness regime. Consistent cardio exercise a few times a week keeps your resting heart rate low. This is especially true as you get older and are tempted to be more sedentary.