Normal Resting Heart Rate – Yes, Vienna waits for you
Posted Jan 06 2012 8:34am
One of my favorite songs to listen to is Billy Joel's "Vienna". It serves as a personal reality check for me. There are times in our lives when we're put under the gun, and our world becomes one that is filled with responsibility – mostly monetary.
This means that work becomes more of a priority than usual – and time for fun (or even do nothing) gets cut short to little or no time.
Most people who are under such pressure tend to snap every now and then, and can you blame them? The words "take some time to smell the roses" seems to be taken with a sense of cynicism.
And this is why, a song such as this one, begins to make more sense, especially for the overworked and overambitious ones whose hearts work extra hard, and wear out faster than usual!
And why? Because the normal resting heart rate is what determines whether a person is healthy or not… and the more you are in a hurry, you'll find yourself in a lot of trouble as your heart rate continues to remain to a peak value known as Maximum Heart Rate.
So what is the normal resting heart rate?
An Introduction to Resting Heart Rate
For starters, the term heart rate pertains to the number of beats that your heart make per minute. When you are engaging in strenuous activity (say, like exercise), your heart tends to beat much faster but it is at its lowest when a person is doing nothing – or at rest. This figure varies between 50 to 100 beats per minute.
(Check in with a doctor if your normal resting heart rate is below or above these values, as it can mean trouble.)
All in all, the goal is for you to lower your heart rate between the aforementioned average values as it is an indicator of a healthy lifestyle.
How to Measure your Heart Rate
If you do think you have to see a doctor to check if you aren't taking care of yourself well, or if you want to know whether your heart rate is where it should be, they normally use machines that document your heart rate accurately.
However, there is another way by which you can find out whether your heart rate is normal or not, and that is by checking your pulse, which can be done by finding it either in the neck or wrist region.
Use a stopwatch to measure the number of heart beats for about 60, and do this about 3-4 times. Calculate the average rate, and you should be able to determine whether or not your heart rate is within range or not.
Watch this video if you do not know how to find your pulse…
Steps to Lower your Heart Rate
Of course, the only logical thing to do next is to lower your heart as naturally as possible, and so here is a link to an article that shows you how to do just that.
Apart from that, follow these simple tips:
#1: Rest as much as possible
#2: Drink as much water as possible
#3: The 'john' is your best friend. Attend the call of nature as soon as possible.
#4: Meditate… fabulous way to lower your pulse rate!
#5: A massage or a hot water bath does the trick as well