Could you kindly guide me through the process of checking my pulse and let me know what to look for?
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Position Yourself Comfortably: Sit or lie down in a relaxed position with your arm supported at heart level.
Locate Your Pulse: Use your index and middle fingers to find your pulse. You can typically feel it on the inner side of your wrist, just below the base of your thumb, or on the side of your neck, just below your jawline.
Count the Beats: Once you've located your pulse, count the number of beats you feel for a full 60 seconds. Alternatively, count the beats for 15 seconds and then multiply the result by 4 to calculate the beats per minute (BPM).
Interpret the Result: A normal resting heart rate for adults usually falls within the range of 60 to 100 BPM. Athletes and very physically fit individuals may have lower resting heart rates, often below 60 BPM, which is considered normal for them.