So you’ve been hitting the gym regularly and you feel fabulous, but how do you know for sure that your fitness is improving? Ask your heart.
Your resting heart rate reveals a lot about your fitness. This is the rate at which your heart beats when you are lying still. The fitter you are, the lower your resting heart rate will be. A fitter heart will also beats more effectively during training.
To track and measure your fitness gains, start by establishing some benchmarks.
- Resting heart rate: Measure your heart rate first thing in the morning, as soon as you wake up. This is your resting heart rate.
- Your heart rate during a workout: Track your heart rate during your workout, both during moderate-intensity exercise and high-intensity exercise.
- Now check in every week or month: Once a week (or once a month), record these figures again, and you’ll be able to see any changes.
Author: Tanja Schmitz
Co-Publisher at Maverick Media and until recently, Fitness Magazine editor. Tanja now manages multiple digital platforms, consults and create exciting campaigns and opportunities in the fitness industry. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.