How to Check Your Pulse

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Checking your pulse accurately is something everyone should know how to do, just in case. Learn how to check your pulse with help from a health and nutrition expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm JJ Virgin, nutrition and fitness expert of Jjvirgin.com, and today I'm going to show you how to check your pulse. Now this is important because this is a great way to number one see how hard you're working while you're exercising but ultimately see how fit you are by checking both your resting heart rate, where your heart rate is when you're just sitting around and your recovery heart rate, how quickly you go from working very hard to recovering and that really is the number that happens within a minute. Now the way that you can check it is either at your carotid or radial and I'll tell you I like to do my radial better because if you push too hard here you can actually lower your pulse and then you'll get a false read. Don't use your thumb. It's got its own pulse. You're going to use these two fingers, index and middle to find your pulse. Then once you start to feel it you're going to time it for 15 seconds. Take that number multiply it by four to get your heart rate. Now if you're doing this while you're working out, remember, the fitter you are as you stop and start counting, your heart rate is going to drop and again that's really a marker of how fit you are. Someone who is very fit will have a resting heart rate of anywhere from 50 to 70 beats per minute and when you recover well you might be up as high as 150 beats per minute and come all the way down to 90 and that's really what you should strive for is a very quick recovery heart rate. I'm JJ Virgin of Jjvirgin.com, and that's how t check your pulse.

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