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Heart Rate Lab

By: Tyler.Woo-Davis

What happens to a persons heart rate as that person increases his or her activity

Due to the fact that the heart uses more oxygen during exercise, is because the
heart is beating harder and faster. This increased rate/contractility requires more
energy. The greatest amount of energy is generated under aerobic respiration,
where it uses oxygen as a final electron receptor in the electron transport chain
which it uses to generate ATP (which the cells use for energy).

If a person increases his or her activity level, then his or her heart will start beating
harder and faster. due to the heart quacking its pace to distribute oxygen
throughout the body faster.

Uses the materials and follow the procedures below to test your hypothesis. Your
observations/data should be recorded in the table on the next page, and you should
create an appropriately labeled bar graph to provide an additional illustration of
your average data.

Materials and Procedure:

Stop watch, writing utensil
1. Find your heart beat by placing two fingers on your wrist.
2. Count each thump as one beat.
3. Sit in your chair. Have your partner time you for ten seconds as you count the
number of beats.
4. Multiply the number of beats by six. This is how much your heart beats in one
minute while you are resting (your resting heart rate).
5. Record the number of beats in the data Table.
6. Stand up and have your partner time you for one minute as you walk around the
class. At the end of a minute count the number of heart beats for ten seconds.
Multiply the number of beast by six to determine the number of beats in a
minute while walking (your walking heart rate). Record the data in the data
7. Repeat all aspects of step number six, this time while running in place (your
running heart rate). Record your data.
8. Repeat steps one through seven with all members of the group and record all

9. Find the average heart rate for each category (resting, walking, and running) by
adding the members heart rates and dividing by the number of individuals in
the group.
10.Create a bar graph illustrating your average data.

Test Results:

Resting Heart

Walking Heart

Running Heart


90 bpm

96 bpm

150 bpm

Jeffery Stowe

84 bpm

78 bpm

150 bpm

Bayley Roberts

60 bpm

72 bpm

84 bpm

Austin Riley

60 bpm

78 bpm

156 bpm


90 bpm

138 bpm

168 bpm


90 bpm

102 bpm

144 bpm










The average heart rates in our group were, walking 79 bpm, 93 bpm for
walking and 142 bpm for running.
2. We made a group average rather than simply using data from one person to
make the conclusions about the heart rate, is due to the fact that everyones



body may be similar, but each human body acts, reacts differently, so the
results would be incorrect and unusable.
The change created by me the experimenter is how fast my heart rate
changed from resting to running.
The average and total increased due to my heart rate spiking up, for waling
and running heart rates.
The trend that you can see in the data is that everyones heart rate went up
at some period, during this experiment.
The problem our group encountered was that Jefferys walking heart rate did
not increase but instead decreased. If Jefferys walking heart rate had instead
increased it would have increased both our total and average heart rates.
Yes, the data the we as a group inquired, did in fact prove my hypothesis,
that as the activity level increases, so does your heart beat, as it is moving
faster and harder. Our average from resting at 79 bpm to running at 142 bpm
increased by 63 bpm.

What happens to a persons heart rate as that person increases his or her activity
level, is that when a person increases his or her activity level, their heart rate will
increase as well, but only depending on how much that person increases their
activity level, so that the heart can pump and deliver red blood cells with oxygen to
the parts in your body, that require the oxygen to help preform the level of activity.
What our group did was that we gathered data on ourselves for our own resting,
walking and running heart rates, to see if our hypothesis is that a persons heart
rate will increase varying on what type of activity level a person preforms.