Hold one hand out with your palm facing up and the elbow straight. Put your index and middle fingers of the other hand together. Press them lightly on the underside of the other wrist, just under the thumb bone. You should be able to feel your pulse beating. Alternatively, you can use the same two fingers on the side of your neck, just underneath your jaw.
Taking your pulse
When you find your pulse, look at a clock with a second hand and count the number of beats in a full minute. A normal resting
heart rate for an adult is 60-90 beats per minute. The best time to take your resting
heart rate is just after you have woken up in the morning. To find out how hard your
heart is working during exercise, check it after five minutes of intense exercise.
A good type of exercise is one that increases both your
heart and breathing rates. Following exercise, you should be slightly out of breath and slightly sweaty, but not so out of breath that you can't talk!
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