I personally can’t understand why people dont keep track of their own heart rate. Do they know its very important and so I had to find out why not? I did a short survey for myself and walked up and ask 10 people off the street do they keep track of their heart rate? Atleast 8 out of 10 people responded with the answer no. I also asked them why not and some responses were “I really don’t know”; “Just dont think about it”; “I do when I have a doctor’s appointment”. One guy told me, “I didn’t know I had one”, but he was joking and I told him, “I already know the answer to that question”. The true fact is people just don’t worry about their heart rate.
By you reading this write-up today now ask yourself, “Do I keep track of my heart rate”? If not you can start right now. Get yourself a monitor or you can do it yourself. Much has been made of reaching a particular heart rate especially during execises, a rate that avoids too much stress on the heart and yet provides the desired result. Even doctors dont play around when you visit their office. The first thing they do is check your heart rate before they see you.
Cardiologists which is known as Heart Specialists often suggest that a desirable exercise heart rate is 220 minus your age times 75%. It can definately be difficult to count your pulse but you can check it by counting the pulse in your wrist for 15 seconds and then multiplying by 4.
You may wish to count your resting pulse, perhaps in bed in the morning before you get up. By checking this pulse and that’s if you don’t have a heart problem and aren’t taking a medication is a resting heart rate of about 60 beats per minute. An individual who isn’t fit will typically have a resting heart rate of 75 or so.
There are no good medical data to justify particular target heart rates. You may wish to check your pulse rate a few times just to get a feel for what is happening. You should really check your heart rate more offen just to make sure your numbers are basically close to being the same.
In conclusion, if you’re exercising and hopefully it’s not all out because if you can’t talk to a companion while you’re exercising, you’re working your heart rate too hard.