A true resting heart rate is obtained first thing in the morning when the body is completely relaxed before getting out of bed. If you are in the gym, sit down and remain quiet for 5-10 minutes prior to the test.
Resting heart rate may be taken at the radial artery at the wrist for a full minute for 30 seconds then multiply this by two for the minute value. After you calculate your resting heart rate, use the chart to see your results.
When checking your heart rate, you must understand the correct technique to maintain accuracy. An inaccurate reading can affect the calculations of your target and maximum heart rate measurements. These measurements rely on the correct resting heart rate number. You may use the neck or wrist method to check your pulse.
1. Place your index and middle finger in the groove on the side of your throat pipe. Move your fingers slightly until you find a beat.
2. Once you located a beat, count the amount of beats for 15 seconds.
3. Multiply the number of beat per 15 seconds times four for your resting heart rate.
Wrist Method (Preferred method):
1. Place your middle and index fingertips on your opposite wrist, below the base of your thumb.
2. Count the beats for 60 seconds to find your resting pulse rate.
*Check the norms chart below: