What should my heart rate be?

Your heart rate (or pulse) is the number of times your heart beats in a minute (BPM). Resting heart rate is an indication of fitness, where a lower heart rate shows increased fitness (because your heart isn’t working as hard to achieve the same results).

Ideally you want to measure your resting heart rate – that is your heart rate when it’s not been doing anything for a few minutes. Realistically, you might have just walked to the Wellpoint kiosk, had a cup of tea or coffee (which contain caffeine which can raise heart rate), or done any number of other things that might have increased your heart rate. If you think the result you get on the kiosk is high, try sitting for 5-10 minutes and taking the test again.

A normal resting heart rate is between 60 – 100 BPM.