How To Lower Resting Heart Rate: 7 Practices To Include In Your Routine 

There are various diagnostic procedures that can provide insight into your cardiovascular health and cardiovascular disease risk. However, there are also certain biometrics that you can track right at home on a daily basis that can provide a window into the health of your cardiovascular system, one of which is your resting heart rate. Research … Read more

What Is Heart Rate Variability? HRV Explained

A heart rate-related metric that can be useful for runners and athletes of any other sport is heart rate variability or HRV. If you wear a fitness tracker, Garmin running watch, or sleep tracker like Oura ring, you have most likely seen data for your heart rate variability. But what exactly is HRV, and what … Read more

Elevated Heart Rate After Exercise? Here’s Why + What To Do About It

During any type of cardio workout, your heart rate increases above resting levels. Indeed, the whole purpose of aerobic exercise is to elevate your heart rate in order to strengthen your heart and lungs and improve the efficiency of the cardiovascular system. But, how long should you have an elevated heart rate after exercise? What … Read more

What’s A Good Heart Rate Recovery? HRR Explained

Monitoring your heart rate during exercise can help you gauge the intensity of your workouts, and checking your resting heart rate can provide insight into your state of recovery and overall cardiovascular efficiency, but what about your heart rate recovery? What is heart rate recovery (HRR), and what does HRR tell you about your cardiovascular … Read more

Cardiac Drift: What It Is And How It Affects Your Training

If you train by heart rate, or wear a fitness watch with an optical heart rate monitor that tracks your heart rate while you run or workout, you might have noticed that sometimes, towards the end of your longer runs, your heart rate seems to climb progressively higher even if you’re not picking up the … Read more

Just How Accurate Is Your Wrist-Based Heart Rate Monitor?

The availability and features of wearable technology for running has increased significantly over the past decade. What was once a market that nearly exclusively consisted of Timex sports watches and other basic wrist watches, has now exploded to include GPS-enabled running watches, heart rate monitors, cadence or stride rate sensors, and even power meters. Although … Read more

Why Is My Resting Heart Rate So High? 9 Notable Causes Explained

Most runners are well aware that your heart rate during exercise can provide an indication of your aerobic fitness as well as the intensity level of your workout. For these reasons, wearing a heart rate monitor while you run or using a GPS watch with wrist-based heart rate monitoring has become increasingly popular amongst recreational … Read more

Zone 2 Training: The Science + Benefits

Many runners assume you have to train fast to get faster, and while speedwork is an essential component of becoming a faster runner, it’s equally important to build your aerobic base with easy running. That’s right—you actually have to run slow to run fast. Heart rate zones denote different effort levels or exercise intensities, ranging … Read more

How To Calculate Your Heart Rate Zones

As runners, we love our numbers and metrics. From mileage to splits, it’s fun to geek out over your stats as a runner. Certain physiological metrics from running can also be helpful and useful for informing your training. For example, heart rate data can be used to gauge the intensity of your workout, and training … Read more

Why Is My Heart Rate High On Easy Runs? 8 Reasons + Solutions

‘I’m taking it gentle and slow, so why is my heart rate high on easy runs?‘ Training using your heart rate as an effort indicator can be beneficial during certain phases of your running program. However, it’s important to keep in mind that your heart rate can fluctuate due to a variety of different factors … Read more