Resting heart rate (RHR) is a measure of the number of times your heart beats in one minute when at rest.
The best time to measure your RHR is in the morning before you do anything else.
Resting heart rate is an indicator of overall health. Changes in resting heart rate can be among the first signs of an underlying issue.
Formula to calculate RHR.
- Rest quietly for 10 minutes.
- Gently place 2 fingers (not your thumb) on the inside of your wrist, below your thumb.
- Count the beats for 30 seconds.
- Double this number to get the number of beats per minute
Suppose you wake up in the morning and decide to find your RHR, for 30 seconds you place two fingers on the inside of your wrist and count 35 beats.
To find your beats per minute, we multiply the beats in the 30 seconds by 2.
= 35 x 2
Thus, your RHR is 70 beats per minute.