The average resting heart rate for a person can vary widely. According Web MD, an average resting heart rate for an adult would be around 60-100 beats per minute (bpm). But that can vary depending on the person.
A person can have a normal resting heart rate but still have high blood pressure. The only way to know your blood pressure is to measure it with a blood pressure cuff.
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This website teaches a type of meditation breathing which is powerful enough to lower blood pressure and improve immune function.
Relaxation breathing can lower your average resting heart rate. This is because the heart rate follows the lead of the breath rate.
Slow, rhythmic breathing is key. Your breathing slows down to the therapeutic zone of less than 10 breaths per minute. The result is increased blood flow with lowered blood pressure.
As your heart pumps blood throughout your body, you can feel a pulsing in some of the blood vessels close to the skin’s surface, like the wrist, neck or arm. Measuring your average heart rate is an easy way to find out how fast your heart is beating. You can check this by counting the number of beats in a set period of time like 15 seconds. Then you multiply that times 4.
A fairly standard way of checking your fitness level is to first check your average resting heart rate. Second, check your recovery rate after a brisk walk of 30 minutes or so. Third, know your target heart rate which is 70-80% of the formula (220 minus your age).
There are lots of good heart rate monitors you can use to measure your normal resting heart rate and heart rate at work. There are strapless monitors you can use which are less expensive and there are monitors with a chest strap which you can wear during exercise.
You also should learn about Heart Rate Variability, which is another measure of your heart’s health.
emWave Biofeedback (from HeartMath) is an exciting newer technology that is being used for stress-relief, and performance enhancement. I use it when practicing meditation or doing relaxation breathing and it helps me see my emotions and get into The Zone. This is a wonderful product with great technology and many personal applications from stress management, to gaming to meditation enhancement.
Relaxing Rhythms biofeedback is another HRV biofeedback gaming and personal product, developed by Deepak Chopra, Andrew Weil and Dean Cornish. Based on the same principles as the emWave it has unique software, and games which enable you to practice cardiac coherence, which is a state of balance and harmony in the heart and mind. Made by Wild Divine, this is state-of-the-art, affordable technology.