It is a smart habit to periodically check your own heart rate in the old-fashioned but quite efficient and easy way – with your fingers. And as always, it is best to see a doctor if you have any concerns. Although you can also use a smartwatch or similar device to check your heart rate, you should not rely too much on these devices, especially when you exercise.
In the text below, we will see what cardiologists said that normal heartbeats per minute are and what heart rate is OK.
You probably don’t consider your heart rate often, unless you pay attention to how fast it beats during exercise or after a health problem.
However, believe me, he can tell you a lot about your health. However, you need to know that it is not the same for everyone and that it varies depending on what you are doing.
There are also other factors that affect the reading of your heart rates, such as age and genetics.
What is a normal heartbeat per minute?
As a rule, your heart rate while performing activities should be between 60 and 100 times per minute, say cardiologists at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.
That, they point out, is a huge range, but with good reason, because the heart rate is also affected by how much you exercise, what the temperature is in that room or outside, whether you are under stress or you are anxious, and the like.
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), certain medications, including, say, thyroid medications, can also affect your heart rate.
What is your maximum?
Of course, you need to know your heart rate range, maximum number, as well as your target heart rate.
You can find your maximum heart rate by subtracting the number of your years from 220. For example, if you are say 30 years old, your maximum number will be around 190 beats per minute and if you reach that point during the exercise, it is a good idea to take a break, because you will be very close to 100% of your maximum heart rate.
During moderate-intensity activity, the AHA says your heart rate should be 50 to 70% of your maximum heart rate. On the other hand, during strenuous physical activity, this number should be in the range of 70 to 85% of your maximum heart rate.
How and where is it measured?
There are 7 places on the body where you can efficiently measure your heart rate with your fingers:
1. On the temples
2. On the side of the neck
3. On the inside of the elbow
4. On the inside of the wrist
5. On the groin
6. On the inside of the knee
7. On the inside of the foot