Faculty Sponsor

Rachel Murray


Arts and Sciences


Health and Wellness

ORCID Identifier(s)


Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 2021



This study was conducted to determine the effect that increased physical activity has on an individual’s RHR, or resting heart rate. RHRs are determined by many factors such as fitness levels, stress management, caffeine intake, diet, thyroid conditions, and other heart rate influencing factors. In the US, the normal RHR of a healthy person ranges from 60-100. Higher RHR’s are linked to many different health issues, while lower RHRs are typically used as indicators of good heart health and fitness. It is important to note though that, with the exceptions of young and very healthy individuals, an RHR that is lower than 60, is considered bradycardia. In this single-subject design, the research was self-monitored. She is a twenty-two-year-old female, who is of an average fitness level. In an attempt to see if walking ten thousand steps daily would decrease the RHR, the subject’s RHR was retroactively collected by her Fitbit device and then compared to the Fitbit data collected after the intervention period began.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Tasha Abraham is a Valparaiso student that is currently pursuing a bachelor’s in social work. She is set to graduate in the Spring of 2022. Her areas of interest are in public health and human trafficking. She hopes to study these subjects as her specializations moving forward in a master's of social work program post-graduation.