How to take your own pulse

how to take your own pulse

how to take your own pulse

Why let someone else check that you’re still alive?  You might get stung by a bee and want to make sure you’re not having an allergic reaction (heart-rate should then elevate), or you want to check your fitness level.  Normally an unfit individual have a resting heart rate of around 70bpm.

Firstly, you will need a watch with a second hand.  And…a pulse, obviously.

1.      Relax for about 10-15 minutes before you do this test so you can get an accurate reading of your resting heart rate.

2.      With your left palm facing up (for right-handed folks), place the index finger and middle finger of your right hand on the inside of your wrist, just below your thumb.  Press gently until you feel your pulse.  If you can’t find it there, don’t  worry, you might still be alive.  Just try the inside of your neck instead.

3.      Finally, while looking at your watch, count the number of beats you feel over 30 seconds and simply multiply it by two to get the number of beats per minute.

To reduce your resting heart rate, try to involve more cardio vascular activities in your daily lifestyle like walking or jogging in the mornings, or alternatively, join your local gym.

Author: Johan Bosman

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