Healthy Heartbeat Goal

Regular exercise can help you lower your resting heart rate.

By Ted Spiker from Reader's Digest | September 2008

55-65 heartbeats per minute.
Athletes pride themselves on it: A lower resting heart rate indicates they’re in better physical shape, so their hearts don’t have to pump as hard. That usually means a lower risk of heart problems.

Understanding Heartbeatcomstock.comLooking to evaluate your fitness level? Keep tabs on your pulse.

“At a higher rate, the heart needs more oxygen, stressing the cardiovascular system,” says Kim Fox, MD, of the Royal Brompton Hospital in London. The best way to reduce your rate? Regular exercise.