Whatis a heart rate?
Heart rateis referred to as a number of times a heart contracts per minute.Heart contractions serve to propel blood through the circulatorysystem and bring oxygen and nutrients to all cells in the body. Howgood your body functions is closely related to your heart rate.
Whatdetermines the heart rate?
The heartrate will depend on a number of factors, such as age, gender,activity level, general health and others. Obviously, the average heartrate (or ideal heart rate) is not the same for men, women, children, and infants.
Why isheart rate important?
Itdetermines two things. Firstly, in what shape your heart is, andsecondly, in what shape are you. Heart rate is a good indicator ofheart and circulatory system efficacy.
How can Imeasure my heart rate?
You canimprovise or use some kind of equipment. It suffices to feel for yourpulse on your wrist or your neck. You can listen to your heart beatsdirectly over a stethoscope, or you can use a heart rate monitor. Aheart rate monitor will give you a direct reading of your heart rate,while manual methods will require you to count how many beats therewere in 15 seconds and then multiply that number by four.
So whatabout heart rate?
Importantheart rates that tell you how well you are are the maximal heartrate, the resting heart rate and the ideal working heart rate.
Maximalheart rate can be calculated by subtracting your age from 220 if youare a male. In example, if you are 20, your maximal heart rate is 200beats per minute, if you are 40, your maximal heart rate is 190 beatsper minute, and so on. If you are a female, just add 6 to thatnumber.
Restingheart rate is just about how slow your heart can beat, typically,when you are neither excited nor engaged in any kind of physicalactivity or effort. It is ideally measured immediately after youwake. The lower, the better. 60 or 70 is good, anything below 60 isgreat. Sportsmen and other fit people can go below 60. Pro cyclistscan half that number. Lower resting heart rate indicates that heartendures less effort to maintain a certain level of activity. It iseasier to do things, and obviously, you do more at the same heartrate than somebody whose resting heart rate is higher.
Workingheart rate is rate at which your heart beats during a specificactivity.
Forchildren, a normal heart rate is in th range between 70-120 BPM. It isslightly higher in children under 5.
For men,a normal heart rate is some 70 BPM, but anything between 60 and 100BPM is fine.
For women,a normal heart rate is 70 to 80 BPM and 85-90 BPM during pregnancy.