Putting Your Heart Into Your Dreams

Understanding and monitoring your Heart Rate during exercise can give you amazing insights into your general health and performance.

Sean McBride


Watch showing Heart Rate
Heart Rate on my watch. All pictures courtesy of the author.

WARNING: Advice on these pages is taken from my own personal experience and does not constitute professional advice. Everyone’s experience and ability are different. Before starting on any new physical activity, it is a good idea to consult a doctor. It may also be beneficial to work with a Coach or a Guide to develop the necessary skills to support such activity.

We were still in the initial stages of our ascent out of Glencoe when we made our first brief stop. My watch had beeped and vibrated to let me know that my heart rate was approaching Max Heart Rate. As soon as we stopped and took in the amazing scene around us my heart rate began to drop. Within a few minutes I heard another beep which told me it had dropped by 30 Beats Per Minute (BPM). That would give me ample time to work before we had to stop again. Soon we were off and ascending the steep rocky path above Glencoe.

Measuring Heart Rate

Even with a healthy heart, there are still a few things it’s good to know about your heart as you start your journey into training. It is worth the investment of getting a smart watch or some device with which you can accurately measure your heart rate during and after training.

Of course, it is also possible to physically measure your pulse if you do not have a device. If manually measuring your pulse rate, I would recommend measuring for a full minute while standing still. More information on how to measure your pulse can be found here.

To make sense of your heart rate, there are some rates that you should become familiar with. The basic two are Resting Heart Rate and Maximum Heart Rate.

Resting Heart Rate

Resting Heart Rate (Sometimes known as Resting Pulse) is your heart rate when you are stationary and relaxed. It is best measured just after you get up in the morning as even just wandering around the house or the office may raise your heart rate.



Sean McBride

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