Tuesday, December 4, 2007

For Alicia: Check the Beat

After writing Doing the Math for Fat-Burning, Alicia asked me for the proper technique of taking one's own pulse.

It is really very easy: take your index and middle finger (of either hand) and place them directly beneath your thumb on your opposite hand, just above the bone. You will feel your arterial pulse. (Go ahead, try it. I'll wait.)

Now, keep an eye on a watch that has a second hand or a stopwatch and count the number of pulses for 15 seconds. Multiply that by four. That's your resting heart rate.

For example, if you count 15 pulses in 15 seconds, multiply that by four and you get 60 beats per minute.

If you have time on your hands, count the pulses for a full minute and see how the numbers compare. They should be within a pulse or two.

Go ahead, try it. I'll wait.


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