So, you’re wondering how to check your pulse rate? Well, look no further my friend! Checking your pulse is an important part of monitoring your overall health and fitness. Whether it’s before or after a workout or just because you’re curious about your heart rate, checking your pulse is super easy!
But wait…what exactly is a pulse?
What Exactly Is A Pulse?
In simple terms, a pulse is the beating of the arteries as blood flows through them. Every time your heart beats, it creates pressure that pushes blood out into these arteries. This pressure can be felt in certain areas of the body where there are superficial arteries close to the surface.
If you were hoping for something more complicated – sorry! But let’s get right into how to check that bad boy:
Finding Your Pulse: The Most Important Part
Before we get too far ahead of ourselves with taking measurements and calculating this and that – we need to locate our good ol’ friend Mr. Pulse first.
There are several points on our bodies where we can easily feel our pulses including but not limited to:
– The inside of the wrist (radial artery)
– The side of the neck (carotid artery)
– Behind the knee (popliteal artery)
– On top/inside of feet (pedal/archery)
Pretty neat huh? Thanks evolution!
Now onto measuring:
Measuring Your Heartbeat at Rest
To start things off I suggest taking measurement while resting since according researchers ‘the lying-down position eliminates some stresses imposed upon arterial walls during standing.’ So grab yourself some refreshments(if y’know what I mean), find somewhere comfy like yoga bolsters purchased from Amazon,(jeez what would I do without online shopping) , batten down hatches and please prepare yourself for actual useful advice(other than shopping ads).
Step 1: Get Set Up
Find a comfortable and quiet place to take your pulse while sitting or lying down. Excited for that long-awaited nap before lunch? Perfect! You’ve found your spot.
Step 2: Locate Your Pulse Point
Use two fingers (not one – this will not give an accurate reading) from the hand you don’t write with as it has less muscle thereby decreasing risk of compression . Place them lightly over whichever pulse point you choose and gently press until you can feel your heartbeat.
Don’t worry if you have trouble feeling anything initially or find yourself pressing too hard! Sometimes, finding a pulse just takes practice since some pulses are harder to locate than others.
Some things worth noting:
Keep track of which artery or location you’re using so that each measurement is consistent.
Lightly press on the artery until it “pulses” against your fingers (you’ll know when it happens).
Try different pressure levels with your fingers – sometimes what worked only moments ago might not anymore thanks to our wonderful human bodies!
Step 3: Time It Out!
I mean like time isn’t money but at least keep account of it while taking measurements…unless time-traveling technology was bestowed upon me in the past few hours..argh silly machine gets me excited all week….
Okay folks back on topic here’s how measuring should go…
– Count the number of beats over 1 minute(warm up those counting skills)
– Or alternatively count for only 15 seconds then multiply by four(reason being obtaining quick heart rates when necessary particularly in hospitals etc.)
Voila now we know what our resting heart rate is(technically bpm would be more appropriate term). Not so difficult right?
But wait there’s more…………..
Measuring Your Heartbeat After Activity
So amazing job such wow,sure wasn’t tiring…..but out-performing last year’s awards, maybe? Probably not,but let’s go ahead and measure again after a workout:
Step 1: Calm Down First!
Give yourself some time to cool down after a particularly vigorous activity. You must have decent post-workout concoctions that burn-down the calories I take it?
This will help you get an accurate reading of your heartbeat without interference from your elevated heart rate due to exercise.
Step 2: Get Set Up Much like before – find somewhere comfortable and quiet with no distractions around!
Step 3: Locate Your Pulse Point
Check out one or multiple pulse points (whatever you prefer, overachievers!). For outdoor activities wrist strap monitors are great as well(shared by all those million dollar sportsmen!) .
Remember two fingers lightly on each position yielding good pressure is ideal , careful fiddling for pulse point may also effect readings.
Some other things worth noting:
- Try taking measurements regularly after getting into new workouts so that improvement in fitness can be tracked.
- Keep fresh batteries available especially for hand-held monitors
- Perform minimal movement while taking measurement(arms folded across chest, sitting erectly etc.)
What Is Too High or Low?
Okay Captain Roggers this section right here identifies various ranges which yield optimal and slacking contexts(yes same pun used twice but now double fun)
Typically speaking adults tend towards 60bpm– 100 bpm(subtract outlying populations like athletes).
Generally seen as Normal heartbeat when resting is around 70 beats per minute(kudos if upto speed earlier)
Anything lower (‘bradycardia’) than 60 bpm should prompt concern(particularly feelings of lightheadedness,fatigue,respiration troubles)While anything over the average requires follow up (‘Tachycardia’), although specific numbers depend upon body composition history of illness along with respective lifestyle choices.(better heartrate = better you)
Learning how to check your pulse rate can ultimately be an important part of maintaining good health. Not only can it help you monitor your heart’s vital signs, but it can also motivate you as you progress through various workouts and goals.
The next time someone asks how to check their pulse, send them our merry way with a smile!
Hey there, I’m Dane Raynor, and I’m all about sharing fascinating knowledge, news, and hot topics. I’m passionate about learning and have a knack for simplifying complex ideas. Let’s explore together!
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