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Real fitness, resting heart rate?

Today my doc said my resting heart rate was "athletic" and my BP was great. I haven't worked out consistently in forever, is it possible my body still has memory of fitness? This motivated me to think that it won't be SO hard to get back into it.

Any thoughts?

Wed. Feb 22, 4:52pm

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You've got some great genes!!

I know a 400+ lb man, about 5'10" in his early 40s, with excellent BP, a resting heartrate of 60 (associated with very fit/athletic), and cholesterol around 160. His doctor keeps wanting to give him a lecture on what his extra 250 lbs is doing to his health but doesn't have much ammunition. He describes himself as a medical anomaly: the healthy fat guy.

I also work in a health-related profession and see many men in their 30s and 40s who don't work out and haven't in a decade or two, but whose bodies have retained the shape of the swimmer/football player/etc. that they once were in college. It makes me wish I had done more athletically at that age than just 'leisurely' martial arts.

Anyway, I think you will indeed have it easier than most whipping yourself into good cardiovascular shape -- just be careful of your joints.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006, 6:33 PM

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There are plenty of healthy "fat" people out there

I'm female, 35, 200 pounds and 5'6". My BP is perfect, my cholesterol is like 150 and my resting HR is 54. Granted, I want to lose weight to be able to do more and be even healthier, but there are fat athletes out there.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006, 8:56 PM

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