Normal Resting Heart Rate
The normal resting heart rate for adults is between 60 to 100 BPM. The heart rate is measured in BPM - beats per minute - which is a measurement that is best taken when you are breathing normally. The best time for measurement would be early morning after a good night's rest or anytime during the day when you have had time to rest and take a break.
The resting heart rate will usually increase with age and is generally lower in physically fit people. Other factors that affect your heart rate are:
- drugs and medication
- stress or anxiety
To measure your heart rate - the old school way - follow these simple instructions:
- Place the tips of your index and second fingers on the palm side of your other wrist just below the base of your thumb (see photo).
- Press lightly with your fingers until you feel the blood pulsing under your fingers. If you can't feel it move your fingers around up or down a little bit until you feel pulsing distinctly.
- Use a watch with a second hand, or look at a clock with a second hand and count the beats you feel for 10 seconds.
- Multiply the number of beats you counted by six to get your heart rate (pulse) per minute.
Example: if you counted 12 beats in ten seconds calculate 12 beats (per 10 seconds) X 6 = 72 beats per minute
If you would like to learn more about target heart rates while exercising - ie.: optimal fat burning heart rate click on the link.
Finally, if you want to measure your heart rate on a regular basis at home it will be worthwhile to invest in a heart rate monitor and if you want to focus on fat loss while at the gym we suggest you get a more compact, convenient and fashionable sports heart rate monitor.
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