How to Determine Heart Rate


Your heart rate, also known as your pulse, measures the number of times your heart beats in one minute. A normal resting heart rate should be between 60 to 90 beats per minute. People who exercise regularly will typically have a resting heart rate between 40 to 60 beats per minute. You can measure your heart rate in order to monitor a medical condition, to reach a target heart rate while exercising, or out of curiosity to see how hard your heart is working.

Turn your palm upwards and press your index finger and middle finger onto the vein located between the outer bone and tendon. If you cannot find a pulse on your wrist you can put your index and middle fingers on either side of your windpipe on the upper or lower parts of your neck. You should be able to feel a stronger pulse on your neck than on your wrist.

Feel for your pulse then count how many times your heart beats for 10 seconds. You may need to move your fingers around or push then deeper into the skin to feel a pulse. Do not start counting your beats until you can consistently feel the pulse.

Multiply your total number of beats per 10 seconds by 6. This number equals your heart rate per minute.

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