Why is it important to monitor your resting heart rate?

Heart health
Health Articles
March 20, 2013

One of the new metrics the Smart Body Analyzer measures is the resting heart rate. Thanks to our patent-pending technology, you can check your heart rate just by standing on the scale for a few seconds. But you might wonder, why is it important to follow this indicator? We will try to explain it here.

The resting heart rate is how fast your heart beats outside of any physical activity, when all your heart has to do is keep your basic body functions running. It is also an excellent indicator of your overall fitness. Outside of any specific ailment, a lower resting heart rate correlates very closely to a state of greater general fitness and health. On the other hand, a high resting heart rate increases the risk of heart attack and can be indicative of a predisposition for diabetes and obesity.

The best moment to measure your resting heart rate is shortly after waking up as it is when your body and mind will be the most relaxed. Since most people also weigh themselves in the morning, it’s the perfect time to take a snapshot of both weight and heart rate and then follow them over time. Early morning is also when the measure will be the most consistent and therefore evolutions will be the most meaningful.

Do you already track your resting heart rate? Is this a feature you are looking forward to?