Put your heart rate monitor on before going to bed. If you have a model with a strap, follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Get a good night's sleep. The amount and quality of sleep affects your resting heart rate.
Read your heart rate monitor within minutes of waking up. Record the number in your notebook. If you do not have a heart rate monitor, go to Step 4.
Find your heart rate by placing your right middle and index fingers on the right side of your wind pipe, approximately one inch below your chin. Alternately, find your pulse on the interior right side of your left wrist. Do not press too hard or the pulse will disappear.
Use your stopwatch to count your pulse for 60 seconds. Record the number in your notebook.
Take your readings for seven days. Be sure to take your readings at the same time every morning.
Add all seven numbers together and divide them by seven. The resulting number is your average resting heart rate.