Check your pulse by finding where you can feel your heart beat along arteries in your body, and then count the number of beats over a certain time period, according to Cleveland Clinic. This method typically uses two or three fingers pressed into your wrist or throat to find the movement of blood through your body. Use your resting heart rate to calculate a target heart rate while you exercise.
To check your pulse in the wrist, place your index finger, middle finger and third finger on the palm side of your opposite wrist just below the thumb, notes Cleveland Clinic. Press lightly until you feel the pumping action of blood going through your veins and arteries. If you cannot feel your pulse at first, move your fingers up and down the wrist. Once you find a pulse, count the number of beats you feel in 10 seconds, and then multiply that figure by six to ascertain your heart rate.
To check your pulse in the neck, place the tips of your first two fingers into your lower neck on either side of the throat, says Cleveland Clinic. Press lightly until you feel the pulse and count for 10 seconds as before. Heart rates increase during physical activity because the body needs more oxygen when you work out. The average resting heart rate varies between 60 and 100 beats per minute in adults and 70 to 100 beats per minute in children ages 6 to 15.