Should you Exercise or Not? A simple tool to let you know

Should you Exercise or Not? A simple tool to let you know

Tuesday, 08 May 2012 12:02

Here’s a good little tip for knowing how much exercise/activity to do on any given day. Ideally, we should be so in tune with our body (from being ‘self-referral’ / listening to our body), that we ‘just know’ when & how much to exercise. However, a good objective way to guide you is through your ‘waking’ heart rate.



Your waking heart rate (WHR) is a good general indication of the general state of your body. You will find over time that with exercising regularly, your waking heart rate will decrease indicating a more efficient cardiovascular system. Measuring your waking heart rate each morning helps you decide on your most appropriate exercise regime for the day. If your WHR increases above it’s average this indicates that your body is working harder to maintain it’s internal homeostasis (eg fighting off some virus or releasing some stress etc).

You can help by letting it divert your internal resources to the problem.

If your waking heart rate increases by more than 5 bpm – take it easy, do not exercise hard.

If your waking heart rate increases by more than 10 bpm – respect your body, do not exercise at all.


  1. Upon first ‘waking’ in the morning, locate either your Carotid Pulse (in your neck, just around from your adam’s apple), or your Radial Pulse (on wrist, just below the bony protuberance).
  2. Count the number of times your heart beats in one minute (or the number of beats in 30 secs and multiply by two). This is your waking heart rate. Write this figure on a sheet.
  3. Record your waking heart rate for at least 1-2 weeks initially for best results, as waking heart rate can vary slightly due to other factors such as bladder volume, sleep/wake cycles etc
    * For a fortnightly HR recording table, email us at mailto:

* Note: for reliable results, it must be your ‘waking’ HR, not merely a ‘morning’ HR (i.e whenever you think of it).


Mark Bunn

Mark Bunn – is a leading natural health researcher specialising in Ayurvedic medicine, author of the three-time best-selling ‘Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health‘ and one of Australasia's most popular health and performance speakers.  Mark is also CEO of David Lynch Foundation Australia.