It’s a well established fact that the better physically fit you are, the lower resting heart rate you will have.
Exercise provide numerous benefits and this is one of them.
A lower resting heart rate has been documented to lower the risk of death, so I really recommend you to exercise (effectively) regularly.
I have written about that in other articles.
You can also slow your heart rate without exercising, and I suggest that you also incorporate this habit.
There are drugs that will slow your heart rate, but as you know drugs tend to have side effects, and they don’t improve your physical fitness.
It is, however, interesting that even if the heart rate is reduced with drugs, the slowing of the resting heart rate itself reduces the risk of mortality.
As long as you reduce your resting heart rate, you will get benefits even if you don’t get in better physical shape.
Since that’s the case, why not do it with a specific type of food since we need to eat anyway.
What kind of food would do something like that?
Beans would do that.
When study participants were eating either a low glycemic index diet and adding at least 1 cup of beans or lentils per day or by increasing the fiber intake by eating whole wheat products, the group that ate the beans saw more benefits than the group eating the wheat (Jenkins DJ, et al. 2012).
One of the benefits was a slower resting heart rate of 3.1 beats per minute which was not seen in the other group.
If you add beans to your diet you will also see a lot of other benefits.
If you also add exercise using the principle of high intensity short interval training, you will get huge benefits, and it does not have to be either difficult or time consuming.