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October Fitness Tip


Get Your Heart Pumping – All About Heart Rate

Everyone knows that your heart is one of the most important organs in your body. 

But did you know that your heart rate can not only help monitor your fitness level, it can also help you spot potential health problems?

Your heart rate, or pulse, is the number of times your heart beats per minute.  The best places to find your pulse are the:

  • Wrists
  • Inside of your elbow
  • Side of your neck
  • Top of the foot

Your resting heart rate is the heart pumping the lowest amount of blood you need because you’re not exercising.  If you’re sitting or lying down, calm and not sick, your heart rate is normally between 60 and 100 beats per minute. However, a heart rate less than 60 doesn’t necessarily signal a medical problem.  Lower heart rates are common for individuals who are athletic and get a lot of physical activity. 

Other factors that can affect your heart rate include:

  • Air temperature
  • Body position
  • Emotions
  • Body size
  • Medication use

As you age, changes in the rate and regularity in your pulse can change and may signify a heart condition or other condition that needs to be addressed. If your heart rate changes and you have not made any changes to your exercise routine, go see your doctor.

Learn more about what your heart rate should be during exercise by contacting kbyrket@orangecountysportsclub.com or by visiting the American Heart Association’s website.