One of the often-highlighted features of the new iteration of the Apple Watch is its ability to track your resting heart rate (I mentioned it in my own review of the device). Fitbit, Garmin, Samsung, and other tech brands also offer fitness trackers that measure your heart rate during exercise and keep tabs on your resting heart rate throughout the day.
We know that heart rate during exercise can show you how intensely you’re working—a higher heart rate means you’re putting greater demands on your cardiovascular system, and therefore, your heart is working really hard to pump blood quickly enough to meet those demands. The importance of resting heart rate is a little more vague, but this number can actually give you some insight into your fitness level and how it’s changing over time.
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