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diagram showing where to take heart rate

It is important to exercise at a safe and effective training level. There are three ways to check that you are working at the right level for you.

Check your heart rate. To do this:

  • Find your pulse on your wrist. (See illustration at right, top.)
  • Put two fingers on the inside of your wrist just below your thumb. (See illustration at right, bottom.)
  • Press lightly until you feel your pulse.
  • Count the heartbeats for 10 seconds. Multiply the heartbeats by six.
  • If your pulse is irregular or skips beats, count the beats for a full 60 seconds.
  • The average resting rate is between 60 to 100 beats each minute.
  • If your rate is higher than average, slow down and don't exercise so hard.
chart showing target heart rate maximum target training zones


Source: Allina Patient Education, Basic Skills for Living with Diabetes, fifth edition, ISBN 1-931876-32-0

First published: 12/01/2006
Last updated: 10/18/2011

Reviewed by: Allina Health Patient Education experts