Monitoring your heart rate is a must for both athletes and those leading a sedentary lifestyle.

Even if you have the money to buy a monitor, you should know how to take your pulse.

The best places to find a blood vessel are the wrist, side of your neck, inside of your elbow or the top of your foot.

Put your finger (never the thumb) over the vessel and count the number of beats in a minute.

Your resting heart rate is normally between 60-100.

Active folks have a lower resting heart rate.

Their hearts do not have to work as hard.

Other factors that can affect the heart rate are air temperature, body position/size and some medications.

A very low heart rate can lead to dizziness and/or weakness.