How do you Measure Health in just 60 seconds

How do you Measure Health in just 60 seconds

How do you Measure Health in just 60 seconds

What is the definition of health? Or how can we say that a person is healthy or not?

Everybody has its own definition of health, but that’s not important. Important is how healthy you are actually according to medical science. In medical science also there are many parameters to test your health.

Today we’ll discuss one of the most effective amongst them and which you can measure at any time and anywhere without the need of any instrument.

The answer is Pulse rate.

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Pulse rate

It is the rate at which your heart beats. A normal adult person has a pulse rate between 60 to 100.

Pulse rate completely tells the health of your heart, the higher it is, the more strain is on it, in short, it’s not good. Research says higher the RHR (Resting Heart Rate), greater are the chances of that person to have a premature death.

“In some cases, a lower RHR (resting heart rate) may indicate a higher degree of physical fitness, which is associated with reduced rates of cardiac events like heart attacks,” says Dr. Jason Wasfy, director of quality and analytics at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center.

“However, a high RHR could be a sign of an increased risk of cardiac risk in some situations, as the more beats your heart has to take eventually takes a toll on its overall function.”

This number can be influenced by many factors like stress, flu, anxiety, medication etc.

Dr. Wasfy recommends checking your RHR a few times per week and at different times of the day. Although you can check your pulse rate or RHR at any time of a day, it said to be optimum when you are in your bed, immediately after you wake-up in the morning.

“Even small amounts of exercise can make a change,” says Dr. Wasfy. Highly fit athletes have RHR near about 50 per minute and we all know their heart is more powerful than a normal person, hence this is a proof.

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Resting heart rate tips from Harvard Medical School

  • Do not take RHR within an hour or two after exercise or a stressful event. Your heart rate can stay elevated after strenuous activities.
  • Wait at least an hour after taking caffeine, as this can cause palpitations and increased heart rate.
  • Place your index and middle fingers on your wrist under the thumb rest. Feel the lightness until you feel your heartbeat. Pressing hard will suppress your pulse. You can probably get a pretty accurate reading by counting the number of beats in 60 seconds, Dr. Johnson says
  • The American Heart Association recommends checking your resting heart rate first thing in the morning (but before you get out of bed).