The cardiovascular and muscular systems respond to exercise with a complex interplay of events that results in an adaptation to the stressor, either immediate or long-term. The physiology that occurs during the recovery period is distinct from the physiology of both the exercising and resting state, and the processes observed in cardiomuscular recovery may be responsible for many of the beneficial effects that accompany regular physical activity. Learn more by clicking here.
What are 3 cardiac tests?
One of the most important aspects of exercise and cardiac rehabilitation is how quickly your heart recovers from the stressor. This is known as your heart rate recovery, or HRR. A good HRR value is an indicator of a healthy heart. Several studies suggest that people with a faster heart rate recovery have a lower risk of developing health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and even mortality.
To calculate your heart rate recovery, simply take your resting heart rate and then measure it again a minute (and/or two minutes) after you stop exercising and subtract one from the other. You don’t need any high-tech devices to make this measurement, as you can just place your finger on your carotid or radial artery and count your beats.