Do You Have the Heart of an Olympian?
Compare your heart rate to the heart rates of Olympians and your peers
Olympians come in all shapes and sizes, from all over the world. There’s one thing they have in common, however—they’re all in really good shape.
Ever wonder how you compare to Olympians? One good indicator of your physical fitness is your heart rate. In general, the slower your resting heart rate, the better shape you’re in. Let’s see how your heart rate stacks up against the Olympians’!
Start by measuring your heart rate—while sitting in a relaxed position, feel for your pulse on your wrist or neck. Once you find your pulse, count your heartbeats over 20 seconds. Click the timer below to keep track:
Now take that number of heartbeats and multiply by 3 to get your heart rate. You can use this slider to help you with the math:
Input your heart rate below to visualize how fast your heart is beating:
So, how do you think you compare to the Olympians? In 2008, the New York Times posted the vital stats of some of that year’s US Olympians, which you can see below. Marathoner Deena Kastor’s heart beats just 28 times per minute when she’s resting!
Maybe it’s unfair to pit you against the world’s best athletes, so check out how you compare to average Americans in your demographic. Choose your gender and age below to see the average heart rate of your peers in the Practice Fusion dataset:
Our rich dataset even allows us to see the full distribution of heart rates for your age and gender. According to our data, your heart rate is in the 50th percentile of males aged 10 to 14 years. So, roughly of your peers have a lower heart rate than you and have a higher heart rate.
Lower heart rates aren’t just associated with gold medals – they can also lead to longer lives. Recent studies have shown that a fast heart rate might decrease your life expectancy. If you’re wondering how to keep your heart rate low, just exercise regularly—it’s the best way to maintain a healthy heart rate and improve your overall health. So keep on watching those Olympians, but make sure to get out and take a little jog yourself!