30 Days To A Healthier, More “Fitter” You Series! (Resting Pulse Calculation)

restingpulseHe who has health, has hope; and he who has hope has everything. ~ Thomas Carlyle

Yesterday I gave you some sample workout plans to help you get started on a healthy exercise program. 

If you are new to exercise I recommend that you take your resting pulse rate first thing each morning so that you can monitor your improvement over time.

By keeping track of your resting pulse rate over a long period of time, you discover some interesting things about your fitness progress.  

When you are new to exercise, your heart has to work a lot harder to keep up with your body’s demand for blood and oxygen. 

If you work out on a regular basis, your heart aerobic system gradually becomes more efficient.  

After a month or two of exercising your resting heart rate usually drops.  

This means that your heart is becoming more efficient.

In the long run this saves wear and tear on your heart.

The better shape you’re in, the faster your heart rate drops!  


  • The radial artery is located on the lateral (thumb side) of your forearm near your wrist.  
  • Gently press the first two fingers over this region and feel the palpitation of your pulse.
  • To check your pulse over your carotid artery, place your index and third fingers on your neck to the side of your windpipe.


  • Take Your Pulse for 6 seconds and add a 0 to the end to get your heart rate per minute.
  • Take Your Pulse for 30 seconds and multiply by two to get your heart rate per minute.
  • Take Your Pulse for 1 minute to get your heart rate per minute.
  • Take Your Pulse for 15 seconds and multiply by 4 to get your heart rate per minute.

What is a normal pulse?

Normal Heart Rates at Rest:

  • Children (ages 6 – 15) 70 – 100 beats per minute
  • Adults (age 18 and over) 60 – 100 beats per minute

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Healthy Blessings,

Gena Livings


  1. Great hints! My blood pressure (and heart rate) has gone up since I experienced a running injury a year and a half ago, making it impossible to run. We need exercise to keep healthy, especially as we get older!
    Amy recently posted…So much to be thankful for, plus hoop house goodiesMy Profile

    • Hi Amy!
      Thank you for commenting and reading my article today!
      Yes, I agree with you that as we get older exercise is an important element of our health and well-being.
      Even 10 minutes a day can make a huge impact and keep our blood pressure at bay.

      Healthy blessings,
      Gena 🙂

  2. So important to keep an eye on our heart rate especially when first starting to exercise after a long break… I remember when I first started RPM (spinning class, sat on stationary bikes in a gym class, peddling like bill-o to loud pumping music. Definitely a level 4!) I was relatively fit, but not to that level. Determined to keep up with everyone else I went hell for leather in the first class. I must have made an alarming sight, because the instructor kept asking if I was alright and in the end told me to slow down. Apparently it wasn’t a competition. Ah, those were the days when I was so impatient I thought the harder I pushed myself the quicker I’d get fitter. The class was in my lunch break and I had hoped to sneak in and out without being ‘caught’ as the class and showering time afterwards took me 5 minutes over my official allotted time for lunch. Fat chance! (pardon the pun). I remained bright red in the face all afternoon, and just could not stop sweating. Work colleagues were all set to phone for medical assistance, so in the end I had to fess up that I was quite alright but maybe I wasn’t as fit as I thought. So, excellent information in your post about the importance of keeping an eye on your resting heartbeat, and not just if you’re trying to sneak your exercise into your lunch hour 😉

    • Your comment just made me smile today Andrea! 😉
      You made such an excellent point that it’s not about pushing ourselves “harder” it’s about consistency. When we are consistent in our exercise routine, that’s where the payout happens! Over time, we get fitter and our heart becomes stronger and more efficient through our daily practice. Even 10 minutes of exercise a day can make a huge difference in someones health and well-being.
      Healthy blessings and thank you for commenting!

  3. When I taught aerobic classes, I always had participants check their heart rates by counting the number of beats within 6 seconds and adding a zero…fastest way when you’re in a class like that. And I always had a chart on the wall to which they could refer to make sure they were in their target zone.

    Great tips!
    Penny McDaniel recently posted…Mouth to MouthMy Profile

    • Hello Penny!
      Understanding your resting pulse along with “heart rate training zones” is indeed another factor in cardiovascular fitness as people move up the scale in their fitness.
      Knowing if you are in the Weight Management Zone, the Aerobic Zone or the Anaerobic threshold zone (which is typically btwn 50 and 85 percent)is important to know so that a person doesn’t overly exert themselves.
      Thank you for commenting!
      Healthy blessings
      Gena 🙂

  4. Great and informative post.
    Natasha B recently posted…The Powerful White Button DownMy Profile

    • Hello Natasha!
      Thank you for stopping by today and reading my article!
      Healthy blessings,
      Gena 🙂

  5. thanks for this tip. though i knew where my pulse is, i never cared to check it 🙂 what will be an ideal pulse rate for people with good stamina?
    Amar Naik recently posted…Weekly Photo Challenge: LayersMy Profile

    • Hello Amar,
      The average heart rate for a person at rest is 60 – 100 beats per minute. It is usually lower for people who are physically fit.
      Healthy blessings,

  6. Ok, my heart rate is 60 beats per minute.

    Pretty good eh?


    Thanks for more great info.

    Kathy Hadley recently posted…Spiritual Cause of DiseaseMy Profile

    • Sounds good to me Kathy!
      It must be staying fit doing the shaky-shaky!
      I’m going to talk about that in tomorrows article! 😉

      Healthy blessings,

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