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How to take your Resting Heart Rate

Resting Heart Rate for healthy adults range from 60 to 100 beats per minute.

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First you need to sit and relax until you start feeling your heart rate beat slowly. Next, you will take your index finger and your middle finger and place them on your wrist under your thumb. Find your heart beat then inhale and exhale, count your pulse to 30 seconds. Whatever number you counted in the 30 seconds, multiply times two. That number will be your resting HR.

If you want to check your true resting heart rate, you will check your pulse on your wrist in the morning when you wake up for the next three days.


Knowing your heart rate when it's at rest helps you when you are following a cardiovascular exercise program.  You have to keep your eyes on your heart rate when you are doing cardiovascular exercises to prevent a lot of stress on your heart for long periods of time.  Read more about cardiovascular training on zones 1, 2 and 3 here.


Schedule your free consultation to get your resting heart rate and get more info on how to reach your goals.  Clients that start a program with me get an assessment. Before starting any exercise program we go over all your vitals and make sure we start at YOUR level.

You can make a list of questions for me, I'll be happy to help!

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Rafael Ortiz

Rafael has been in the health and fitness industry since 2006.  He is certified by the NASM & insured.

Areas of Expertise

Weight Loss, Nutrition, Strength Training, Core and Balance, Flexibility and Mobility, Muscle Gain, Posture, TRX, Functional Training, Myofascial Release, Cardiovascular Conditioning, Injury Prevention, Stress Reduction, Corrective Exercise, Golf

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