Exercise has unsurprisingly come out top in a comprehensive poll of activities that get our pulses racing, but there are plenty of surprises on the list.
Placing a last-minute bid on eBay and accidentally liking a photo while stalking someone’s social media are some of the unusual activities that can really cause the heart to pound.
Having sex was number two, followed by attending a job interview and going on a first date.
An argument came in fifth, then making a presentation at work and bringing up a difficult issue or confronting someone close, according to the OnePoll.com research.
Other reasons include a near miss while driving or cycling, taking your driving test and the moment you realise you’ve made a mistake at work.
The average adult will experience a pounding heart four times a week, with more than three quarters admitting it is fairly easy to set it off, the poll of 2,000 Britons, commissioned by Healthspan, revealed.
Placing a last-minute bid on eBay and accidentally liking a photo while stalking someone’s social media are things that set our pulses racing, reveals a poll of 2,000 Britons (stock photo)
Driving and work raise our pulses
Driving often leads to a spike in your heart rate with being a passenger in a car driven by a bad driver, getting lost, going too fast and trying to squeeze through a narrow gap all featuring.
Many also admitted to suffering a faster heart beat if they struggle to find their vehicle in a car park, worrying it has been stolen.
Running to catch the last bus or train, losing your passport ahead of a trip and the moment before you’re about to take off in a plane also make the top 50.
Worryingly, work-related activities are also to blame for getting the nation’s hearts racing with many saying it beats faster when they hand in their notice, if their boss asks to see them in the boardroom or they ask for a pay rise.
Other reasons for a racing heart include taking an exam, a first kiss, hearing a noise at night and watching your favourite football team in an important game.
Losing your phone, watching a scary film or TV show, bumping into an ex, sending a ‘risky’ text and almost spilling a drink will also lead to a faster heartbeat.
When to worry about your heart
But researchers found some could suffer a racing heart due to health reasons, with 45 per cent admitting they don’t look after the health of the blood-pumping muscle.
Six in ten admit they worry about their heart health, with one in five even consulting a health professional due to their concerns.
And seven in ten have tried to make a change – big or small – to their lifestyle to try and boost their heart health.
Over a quarter of those surveyed in their forties, and forty per cent of those in their fifties had already been diagnosed with high cholesterol but people are still confused about good and bad cholesterol.
Dr Sarah Brewer, GP and Medical Director at company Healthspan who commissioned the research said: ‘We all have moments where we start to worry or become scared about something, causing our heart rate to spike in panic which is perfectly normal.
‘For most of us, the increased heart rate will drop once the worry or fear has subsided, but a racing heart could also be a serious health issue.’
If your resting pulse rate is unexpectedly below 60 beats per minute (bradycardia), or persistently stays above 100 beats per minute (tachycardia) at rest, she advises you should see your doctor.
TOP 50 THINGS THAT GET YOUR HEART RACING
2. Having good sex
3. Going for a job interview
4. A first date
5. Having an argument
6. Making a presentation at work
7. Bringing up a difficult issue or confronting someone
8. A near miss while driving or cycling
9. The moment you realise you’ve made a mistake at work
10. Just before your driving test
11. Almost tipping over backwards in a chair
12. Travelling in a car being driven badly
13. Taking an exam
14. A first kiss
15. Hearing a noise at night
16. Waking up from a nightmare
17. Making a complaint
18. Losing sight of your child
19. Running to catch the last bus/train
20. Watching your favourite football team in an important game
21. Losing your phone
22. Triggering a phobia
23. Getting lost
24. Seeing your crush
25. Watching a scary film or television programme
26. Realising you forgot to lock the front door
27. Bumping into your ex
28. Seeing a spider out the corner of your eye
29. Winning money
30. Last five minutes of a football match when your team is winning 1-0
31. Losing your passport ahead of a trip
32. Just before take-off in a plane
33. Almost spilling a drink
34. Driving fast in a car
35. Making a big purchase
36. Getting married
37. A last-minute bid on eBay
38. Sending an email or text to the wrong person
39. Sending a ‘risky’ text
40. Not being able to find your car in a car park
41. Driving through a narrow gap
42. Handing in your notice at work
43. When the boss asks to see you in the boardroom
44. Getting on the wrong train/Tube/bus
45. When you remember you’ve left the iron on and you’re already out of the house
46. Suddenly realising you’ve forgotten someone’s birthday
47. An on-screen cliffhanger
48. Cycling down a hill
49. Asking for a pay rise
50. Accidentally liking someone’s post or photo on social media