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Thu, Aug 28th 11:01am 2008: Misc

I just got back from a quick visit to the doctor to figure out what's going on with a swollen lymph node in my neck, and during the visit he took my blood pressure. Which meant the machine measured my heart rate. Which was 52bpm. Which is pretty damn good for someone who hasn't done any serious exercise in years.

Typical resting heart rate for an adult male is about 70bpm, with lower rates indicating a higher level of "efficiency" (for want of a better term). A high level of aerobic fitness generally results in a lower resting rate because the heart can work less to achieve sufficient blood flow.

Way back when I was riding and running every day, going to the gym several times per week and swimming fairly regularly my resting rate was down around 38bpm. I'm old and decrepit now but at least I still seem to be enjoying the residual benefits of previous exercise!

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