How to Check Heart Rate Recovery on Apple Watch and iPhone

In this age of technology, one needs to keep track of his/her fitness. The age old proverb “Health is wealth” still prevails and companies like Apple are providing devices to let users keep track of their fitness in various ways including HRR monitoring with Apple Watch. Here we would be discussing about how to see heart rate recovery on Apple Watch and more importantly, what is it’s meaning. In brief, heart rate recovery measures the rate of decline in the heart rate after a bout of exercise.

You would be surprised to know that HRR is used in many fitness tests to analyze the heart’s ability to recover from exercise as it plays a vital role in estimating a person’s fitness level. This tutorial shows you how to check hear rate recovery on your watchOS device or cycle through all the HRR data on your iPhone to figure out where your cardiovascular health stands.

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Viewing Heart Rate Recovery on Apple Watch and iPhone

Heart rate recovery plays a big role in terms of keeping our body fit. Let’s dive into details know about it little more.

What Is HRR and Why Should You Take It Seriously?

Based on several studies, it is concluded that the rate at which our heart rate declines solely depends on how fast the nervous system switches from sympathetic to parasympathetic. For the uninitiated, the sympathetic nervous system guides the body’s rapid involuntary response to tense or dangerous situations, while the parasympathetic (aka rest and digest system) conserves energy by slowing down the heart rate. Our body’s ability to switch between these two nervous systems has a significant impact on health. Moreover, HRR is also considered to be a predictor of not only cardiovascular disease but also mortality.

What should be the ideal Heart Rate Recovery numbers?

Less than 12 beats in the first minute after exercise is an indication of an abnormal heart rate recovery. Similarly, HRR of less than 22 beats is a strong predictor of serious health issues (and even risk of death). So, if your numbers are 13 or higher beats after 1 minute of exercise and 22 or higher after 2 minutes, you don’t need to worry about your fitness. Now that you’ve got a good hang of HRR, let’s go through the quick steps, shall we?

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How to check Your Heart Rate Recovery on Apple Watch?

Step 1

First of all, launch the Heart Rate app on your Apple Watch. Here you can see various details about your heart rate.

Launch Heart Rate App for Apple Watch

Step 2

Now, scroll down to the bottom. You should see a Recovery section if you have recorded a workout for the day. Tap on it to see more details.

Recovery section
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Step 3

Here you will see how much your heart rate decreased after the workout. Normally, the heart rate should show the BPM after 1 and 2 minutes. It should show something like 20/30 BMP after 1/2 min. 

Check out HRR data on Apple Watch

Please note that in some cases, Apple Watch may take some time to show the BPM number (i.e check out the screenshot above). So, don’t get confused, if the watch doesn’t show data right after you have finished your last lap.

How to Check Heart Rate Recovery on iPhone?

The Apple watch store the HRR data for your last workout only. If you want to view the HRR data from previous days, you will need to use the Activity app. Follow these steps:

Step 1

On your iPhone, open the Activity app. Make sure you already have paired the Apple watch with your iPhone otherwise your activity data will not be stored in Activity app.

Open Activity app on your iPhone
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Step 2

Here you can see the activity data stored for previous days. Now, select the day for which you want to check the data.

Check HRR in the Activity app

Step 3

Next, scroll down to the bottom and select a recorded workout. After that, swipe from right to left on the Heart Rate section. There you go! Your heart rate recovery data will be right up there to view.

View HRR data in the Activity app on iPhone
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Keep a Track of Heart Rate Recovery Data Using Your Apple Watch and iPhone

So, that was the way you can check and keep track of the HRR data using your Apple watch (watchOS device) or the iPhone. HRR data is vital fitness indicator, you are suggested to check it out frequently to have a better idea about fitness. Feel free to share your experience in the comments below.

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