Heart Monitor Math

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Running is good for your heart! Teach your kids about physical activity and heart rate with Heart Rate Monitor Math!

 

Step 1: Find your pulse when you are standing still.

  • Determine your resting heart rate. Try your radial artery — which is located on the thumb side of your wrist. Gently press down (not with your thumb though) and feel the beat.
  • Count the beats for 10 seconds.
  • Calculate beats per minute: number of beats in 10 seconds x 6

 

Step 2: Get moving! How much does your heart rate change?

  • March in place for 30 seconds.
  • Find pulse and count the beats for 15 seconds.
  • Calculate beats per minute: number of beats in 15 seconds x 4

 

Step 3: Move more! How much does your heart rate change?

  • Run in place for 30 seconds.
  • Find pulse and count the beats for 30 seconds.
  • Calculate beats per minute: number of beats in 30 seconds x 2

 

Step 4: Talk about it!

  • Which activity gave you the highest heart rate?
  • Why did that activity give you the highest heart rate?
  • Which exercise do you think is best for improving your physical condition?
  • What other exercises would be good for improving your health on a daily basis?
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