Do you have a low resting heart rate (RHR) that has been given an amber or red rating? And are you're still waiting for your VO2 max score? We can understand if you're starting to wonder if something has gone slightly amiss but let us assure you that we have your best interests at heart (pardon the pun!)
For the cardio-enthusiasts amongst us, a low RHR often reflects highly efficient heart functioning. For example, athletes often have a healthy lower-than-average resting heart rate (it’s been reported that Roger Federer has a RHR of 35bpm).
Conversely, for inactive individuals, the same low RHR could be indicative of the heart condition bradycardia and may require medical attention.
Our team of data scientists are hard at work to develop an analysis model that can identify when a low RHR is due to athleticism and alternatively when it could be indicative of bradycardia. In the meantime, we believe it’s best to err on the side of caution: if we issue you an amber or red RHR rating, you may need to hold off from generating your VO2 max.
If you’re concerned about your low RHR we recommend a visit to your doctor to learn more about what this means for you.