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Junior Activity Week 
Heart Rate Lab

  Heart Rate Lab

Students can find their pulse via an artery that passes close to the skin, such as your neck or wrist. Two methods for this are provided below:

  • Hold one of your hands out with the palm facing upwards and the elbow slightly bent
  • Place your index (first) and middle fingers of your other hand on the inside of your wrist, just below the base of your thumb
  • Press the two fingers lightly on your skin until you feel your pulse
  • If you feel nothing, either press harder or search with your fingers for the artery and press again
  • Do not press your thumb on your wrist because it has its own pulse, an artery goes through it

Count how many beats there are over a 6 second period and then add a zero at the end of the number. (E.g. if a student gets 12 they add a zero which would make it 120 beats per minute.

Your resting heart rate – this is your heartbeat (per minute) after you have been resting (sitting or lying still) for ten minutes.

  • You can also find your pulse by pressing the same two fingers on the side of your neck (carotid artery), beside your Adam’s apple in the hollow area.