Regularly tuning into your heartbeat is a smart move, because it reveals a lot about your health.
Predict Your Stroke Risk
An irregular heartbeat can be a symptom of atrial fibrillation, a heart irregularity that means you’re five times more likely to have a stroke. Gently press your index and middle fingers into your neck, next to your windpipe, and tap your foot along to your pulse. If it regularly falls out of rhythm, talk to your GP.
Tell You How Likely You Are To Have A Heart Attack
If your resting heart rate (RHR) is consistently above 76, you’re 26 per cent more likely to have a heart attack. RHR is a measure of physical fitness, and the best time to measure it is just before you get out of bed in the morning.
Boost Your Body Image
The more you practise taking your pulse, the more accurate you’ll become at counting your heart’s beats, and that can make you feel more positive about your body, say researchers. It works by making you more conscious of what’s going on inside your body, which improves how you perceive your body from the outside.