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How to Manually Check Your Heart Rate

author image Angela Brown
Angela Brown has been a book editor since 1997. She has written for various websites, as well as National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio and more than 20 fiction anthologies. Brown earned a Bachelor of Arts in theater and English from the University of Wisconsin.
How to Manually Check Your Heart Rate
A young man who's a runner stops and checks his own pulse. Photo Credit: DragonImages/iStock/Getty Images

A normal resting heart rate for most adults is between 60 and 100 beats per minute. Conditioned athletes typically have resting heart rates closer to 60 beats per minute. If your resting heart rate is greater than 100 beats per minute -- or less than 60 and you are not an athlete -- visit your doctor, who can diagnose any underlying condition you might have. You can purchase a heart rate wrist monitor to check your heart rate while you're at rest or exercising, but manually checking your heart rate can give you accurate numbers as well.

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Step 1

Find your pulse by placing a finger or two on the inside of your wrist or on the carotid artery on either side of your neck toward your windpipe.

Step 2

Press firmly so you can feel your pulse but not so forcefully that you interfere with the rhythm of the pulse.

Step 3

Count the number of beats you feel for 10 seconds and multiply this number by 6 to determine your heart rate.

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