Taking your pulse (or the number of times your heart beats in one minute) can be useful in a variety of situations. Many people use this tool to evaluate their exercise program. Average heart rates can vary from person to person, but your resting heart rate will be lower than your exercise rate. Testing your heart rate is a simple process.
Things You'll Need
- Stop watch or watch with a second hand
- heart rate monitor
Use the tips of your index, middle and ring finger and place them on the palm side of the opposite wrist (below the base of your thumb). This is also called your radial pulse. You can also take your pulse by placing your fingers at the base of your neck on either side of your windpipe. This is called your carotid pulse since you are placing your fingers on your carotid artery.
Feel for your pulse until you are in a position to feel beats consistently.
Using a stop watch (or watch with a second hand), count beats for 10 seconds. Multiply this number by six to get your heart rate, which is measured in beats per minute. You can also count for 15 seconds and then multiply by four.
Use a heart rate monitor. A monitor will give you a more accurate count. Some people find this is easier during exercise as it can be difficult to measure your own pulse when you are in motion.