The Rhythm of Your Heart

Let’s face it, you know your body better than anyone, if you take the time to listen to the rhythm of your body. One way to connect with your body and health is to know your heart rate. You heart rate or pulse is the number of times your heart beats per minute. 

Normal heart rate varies from person to person. Knowing yours can be an important heart-health gauge. 

 The best place to find your pulse is on your wrist, on the side of your neck or at the top of your foot. Take your pulse first thing in the morning before you get out of bed to find your resting heart rate. Your resting heart rate is the lowest amount of blood you need because you are not exercising, thats why it is important to do this before you get out of bed in the morning. A normal resting heart rate is between 60 and 100 beats per minute. 

 The American Heart Association has a great chart below to find your target heart rate when exercising.

In the age category closest to yours, read across to find your target heart rate. Heart rate during moderately intense activities is about 50-69% of your maximum heart rate, whereas heart rate during hard physical activity is about 70% to less than 90% of the maximum heart rate.

The figures are averages, so use them as general guidelines.

Age        Target HR Zone 50-85%    Average Maximum Heart Rate, 100%

20 years     100-170 beats per minute    200 beats per minute

30 years    95-162 beats per minute    190 beats per minute

35 years    93-157 beats per minute    185 beats per minute

40 years    90-153 beats per minute    180 beats per minute

45 years    88-149 beats per minute    175 beats per minute

50 years    85-145 beats per minute    170 beats per minute

55 years    83-140 beats per minute    165 beats per minute

60 years    80-136 beats per minute    160 beats per minute

65 years    78-132 beats per minute    155 beats per minute

70 years    75-128 beats per minute    150 beats per minute