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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Q: What's the most efficient way to lower my resting heart rate?

What's the most efficient way to lower my resting heart rate? Stan Chesterfield, MO

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The most efficient way to lower your resting heart rate is to commit to building a stronger aerobic engine through endurance training and interval work. However, while a lower resting heart rate it a common side effect of gaining aerobic fitness, there doesn't seem to be any significant health or performance benefit associated with it. While everyone marvels at elite endurance athletes who have resting heart rates in the 30s, there are just as many elite athletes with resting heart rates in the high 50s. Similarly, an athlete's ability level isn't tied to his or her maximum heart rate either.

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