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Heart Rate and Exercise

Figure from experiment 26 from Middle School Science with Vernier


Heart rates increase during exercise. The heart rates of physically fit people increase less during exercise than those of less fit people. The heart rates of physically fit people recover to their resting rates more rapidly. In this experiment, you will use a Heart Rate Monitor to measure your heart rate as you stand quietly for 100 seconds, step onto and off a stool for 100 seconds, and then stand quietly for 200 seconds. You will then analyze a graph of the results to determine your standing heart rate, your maximum heart rate during the 100 seconds of exercise, and your recovery time.


In this experiment, you will

  • Use an Exercise Heart Rate Monitor to measure your heart rate.
  • Determine the effect of exercise on your heart rate.
  • Determine your recovery time.
  • Compare your results with those of other students.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Additional Requirements

You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?

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Middle School Science with Vernier

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Experiment 26 from Middle School Science with Vernier Lab Book

<em>Middle School Science with Vernier</em> book cover

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