How Long Does It Take For Your HR to Return To Normal After Exercise?

Question: How Long Should It Take For Your Heart Rate To Return To Normal After Exercise?

Asked by redstone5650

When working out I take my blood pressure and heart rate at different intervals for comparison. How long should it take everything to settle after I workout? What criteria can I use to judge improvement?


If your heart rate decreases 20 beats per minute (bpm) or more within one minute post exercise you are doing well. By five minutes post workout your heart rate should be down to 120 bpm or less.

Here's an example:

Your heart rate during the activity reaches 170 bpm. Within in one minute post exercise your heart rate should be down to 150 bpm or less. At five minutes post workout you should be 120 bpm or less.

If you are not at these levels, decrease the intensity of your workout and then gradually increase as your fitness level improves.

You can determine if your fitness level is improving by monitoring how quickly you return to resting heart rate after a workout. To calculate, take your pulse immediately after you finish walking and write down the number. One minute later take your pulse and write it down. Subtract the second number from the first. The greater the number, the better your fitness level.

You may also want to see what a healthy heart rate level for you would be. That would help in your comparison. And, of course, make sure you're doing the best workouts to keep your heart healthy from the start!

You should know: The answer above provides general health information that is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment recommendations from a qualified healthcare professional.