How we measure resting heart rate (RHR)

Updated 4 months ago ​by Loren Earle-Cruickshanks

Your resting heart rate (RHR) is the number of times your heart beats per minute while at rest. It’s an important metric to monitor, because it’s both a strong indicator of your overall health and fitness level as well as highly correlated to disease and mortality. Motiv Ring measures your heart rate every night while you’re asleep in order to get the most reliable and least confounded measurements. This makes it easy to consistently measure data the same way, with the same conditions, every night. We use your heart rate data from when you’re asleep to calculate your resting heart rate.

Monitor how your RHR changes over time. If you see your RHR go down over time as a result of exercise, that is more important to track than how your RHR compares to other people’s and can indicate improvements in your fitness. By tracking changes in your RHR over time, you can see what lifestyle choices - good or bad - have an impact on your overall health.  For more on heart rate tracking, check out this blog post.

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