What is Normal Resting Heart Rate

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While most people know that heart rate refers to the speed at which our heart beats, not many people are aware of what the normal resting heart rate implies.

What is Normal Resting Heart Rate?

A normal resting heart rate for adults should be anywhere between 60 beats to 100 beats per minute. While some specialists disagree on this and say that the heart rate should be lower than 60 beats per minute, others suggest that a heart rate of 80 beats per minute is also considered normal. So, below we have discussed the normal resting heart rate for both men and women, respective of their ages.

Your heart rate is measured in beats per minute, and a resting heart rate is your pulse when your body is completely at rest.

Healthy Heart Rate for Men

For athletes

  • Between the age group of 18 to 35 – 49-55 beats/minute
  • Between the age group of 36 and above – 50-57 beats/minute

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For others

  • Between the age group of 18 to 45 – 62-66 beats/minute
  • Between the age group of 46 and above – 64-67 beats/minute

Healthy Heart Rate for Women

For athletes:
Between the age group of 18 to 35 – 54-60 beats/minute
Between the age group of 36 and above – 60-65 beats/minute
For others:
Between the age group of 18 to 45 – 65-69 beats/minute
Between the age group of 46 and above – 66-69 beats/minute

While a slight variation in the above-mentioned numbers is considered normal, too much up and down can be dangerous for health.

What Causes Elevated Heart Rate?

There can be various reasons for an elevated heart rate. Some of them include the following:

  • Stressful situations or excitement
  • Age
  • Genetics and lifestyle
  • Medications
  • Exercise
  • Size of the body
  • Air temperature
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Dehydration
  • Body position

So keep a check on your daily activities and maintain a happy and healthy life with a happy and healthy resting heart rate!

About the Author

John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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