Heart Rates


What is heart rate?
Heart rate is the number of heart beats per minute

The easiest place to feel your own heart beat is the carotid artery.
Place your index finger on the side of your neck between the middle of your collar bone and your jaw line. (You may also use the radial artery on the under side of your wrist.)

You can count the beats for a full 60 seconds or count for 6 seconds and add a zero at the end. If you felt your heart beat 14 times in 6 seconds the number would be 140 for a full 60 seconds. Counting for only six seconds is a convenient method, of course it is more accurate to count for the full 60 seconds. You can use several varieties of this method (30 seconds x 2, 15 seconds x 4, etc.). The longer you count the more accurate your reading.


What is resting heart rate?
Resting heart rate (Resting HR) is the number of beats in one minute when you are at complete rest. Your resting heart rate indicates your basic fitness level. The more well-conditioned your body, the less effort and fewer beats per minute it takes your heart to pump blood to your body at rest.

An average resting heart is 70-90bpm

What is your working heart rate?
 Your working heart rate is measure while you are doing exercise to determine what intensity you are working at. There are target heart rate zones that correspond with your specific exercise goal.

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