Counting Your Heartbeat

To establish whether you are exercising inside the heart rate goal zone, you must generally check your pulse after a short pause. The pulse may be taken in the neck, wrist, or chest. The wrist is a good option. The radial pulse may be felt on the artery of the wrist, which runs parallel to the thumb. Apply mild pressure to the artery using the tips of your index and middle fingers. Use your index finger instead of your thumb. Count the heartbeats for a full 60 seconds, or for 30 seconds and multiply by two. Begin counting on a beat that is counted as "zero." In the case of a 50-year-old individual, if this figure falls between 85 to 119 bpm, he or she is engaged within the ideal range for moderate-intensity exercise.