17 Feb Healthy Heart Rate
So you are consistently going to the gym and working out. That is fantastic! We are so proud of you, and we know your body is thanking you. But how do you know if you are doing too much or not enough? Well, an easy way to tell is by paying attention to your heart rate. A healthy heart rate depends on your specific age and body time, so take that into consideration.
First things first, you need to measure your resting heart rate. A resting heart rate is simply how many times your heart beats per minute while at rest. Most people have a rest heart rate of 60 beats per minute to 100 beats per minute. Take your heart rate while sitting at your desk or when you wake up in the morning. The easiest pulse points to find are the neck (picture Grey’s Anatomy) and the wrist (at the base of the thumb). Take your first two fingers and place at either of the points. Find a strong pulse, then measure the beats for 10 seconds. Take that number and multiply by six. That is your resting heart rate.
Now comes the fun part. Time to get your workout on. Keep an eye on your heart rate while working out. You want to shoot for a 50% to 85% of your maximum heart range when doing cardio or any other exercise. We have a chart to help you know the range to keep it in.
Ultimately, listen to your body. If you are straining, slow down. If you feel at ease, punch it up a notch or two. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Cory at 662-282-4949.