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Normal Resting Heart Rate

Normal Resting Heart Rate

What is a normal resting heart rate? The short answer: about 50 to 100 beats per minute. Unless you fall dramatically above or below these numbers, then you’re probably “normal.”

If you’re worried that your resting heart rate and/or blood pressure is too high, check out this great report on how to lower both.

But, to understand more about heart rate and what factors can affect your beats per minute, let’s look at how the heart works.

Whether you’re Lance Armstrong or Larry Buttbig or simply a Wii Fitness game expert, your heart is constantly pumping blood, oxygen, and nutrients throughout your entire body.

Theoretically, the higher your resting heart rate, or the more times it beats per minute, the harder and more often your heart has to work to do its job.

Conversely, a lower heart rate implies that it’s more efficient and doesn’t need to pump as often. Lance Armstrong’s is said to be about 30-35 beats per minute!

There are several other variables that affect your heart rate, so don’t feel bad if you’re ticker is working two or more times harder than Lance’s. Physical fitness, exercise intensity, training frequency, and of course — the uncontrollable — genetics.

How to Measure Your Heart Rate

You may have no point of reference for the above BPM numbers, so to give you an idea, try measuring your own resting heart rate now.

For an optimal measurement, you should check it first thing in the morning while still lying in bed. This will provide you with the truest “resting” rate, but as long as you haven’t been overly active in the last hour or so, the number shouldn’t vary by more than 5 or 10 beats.

  1. Find a pulse point, either on the inside of your wrist or your neck.
  2. Stand in front of a clock with a second hand, or use a stopwatch.
  3. Count your pulses for 60 seconds (this number is your BPM, or normal resting heart rate).
  4. Repeat 2-3 more times, and take the average for more accurate results.

So, what’s your normal resting heart rate? Leave your BPM numbers below in the comments!

Normal Resting Heart Rate Report

Normal Resting Heart Rate Report

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  • Rich – Don’t do that. It’s dangerous. Your max heartrate depends on your age and health so unless your relatively young like way under 20 then you don’t need to get too close to 200 much less over. You really don’t even need to get to 200 if you are in your teens but it is probably safer to do so at a young age.

  • Male 47 y.o. former college wrestler. 6’3″ 240lbs. and I work out 7 days a week, probably missing only 20 or 30 days a year. I lift on average about 5 hours a week and do anywhere from 30-60 minutes of cardio every day

    Here is my dilema: I have had skipped beats for about the past 20 years. About 10 years ago I went for a echo cardiogram and a cardiac dopler. Everything seemed fine. My palpatations seem to come and go.

    They seemed to increase a few months ago so I went to my Dr and he said they are benign, however, if my heart rate increases it could be more dangerous. Well the power of suggestion is a powerful thing. Last week I woke up in a sweat with my heart rate about 120 bpm. I quickly changed and drove myself to the emergency room where ekg and blood work came back normal. And of course my pulse dropped back into the 60′s.

    Anyway, I have noticed that my pulse will increase usually after dinner (resting 85-100) for a few hours and then drop back down to 60′s. Also after sleeping for about an hour I will wake up and my pulse will be about 90-100. Then after I calm myself down it drops back into the 60′s for the rest of the night. Can anyone shed any light? thanks

  • Jack my heart does the exact same thing. It seems to skip after I eat and beats faster. I also wake up after about an hour of sleep to my heart racing. I went to the Dr. and he said it was stress and to just ignore the skipping. I would also like to know what is going on.

  • Mine does the exact same, after dinner, during high stress,
    walking up the stairs, even after drinking decaf. It never seems
    to go below high 80s though, the norm is 90-94. It started a couple
    months ago after a sudden burst of fast beats or skips.
    Somebody help us please.

  • About a month ago I woke up with heart palpitations which lasted for three straight days, with the skips happening everywhere from every hour to many times over a few minutes. Over the course of those days I went to the emergency room 3 times, at two different hospitals. I talked to three different doctors, had blood work twice, a chest x-ray, a CAT scan, fluid by IV, the whole deal. They could find nothing wrong and told me it was probably stress. My life has been extremely stressful over the past few years with it being increasingly more stressful in the past year. I did NOT believe it was merely stress at first because having your heart palpitate repeatedly throughout the day is a hellish experience, and how could it “only” be stress? MY HEART WAS SKIPPING.

    After the third doctor visit, I decided to believe it was stress and try to calm down. By the next day my palpitation reduced from 30-60 times per day to 2-3. After the next few days they subsided entirely, and since then I have had it happen only once.

    I do believe that the heart rate raises after eating. It happens to me. Also, even being a little anxious — even perhaps subconsciously, it seems for me — will raise heart rate.

    I hope this helps.

  • My Mother at 86 had open heart surgery, bypass and mitro valve repair in Sept 2010 since then everything has healed nicely. But heart rate sometimes goes between 83 and 127. Doctor says that it is going to take time for her body to adjust. I get concern, when it has been in the eightys for a while then goes up over a 100 and stays there for days.

  • i am a 27yo male is it normal to have a resting heart rate of 55 bpm if so when i train should i be aiming to stay just above 140 bpm and under 190 bpm?

  • I had my resting heart rate go from ~60 to 49 with 2 months of intense cardio. It certainly works!

    Some of the higher end heart rate monitors will use your resting heart rate and the variability of your heart rate to assess your fitness level and track it over time. You can really see your fitness trend over a longer period of time.

  • so ima girl , 14yrs , 140 lb , 5’2 aand i was etremly tired a couple days ago so i took some adderall , and in my extreme confusion i took more than needed . i don’t take adderall but it was precribed . i stayed up a few hours later to finish up exam reveiws and whatnot then my mom yelled at me for being awake at 6am sooo i cleaned up the house to get off the hook and that only took 3 hours . when i was laying down watching tv later i noticed my heart beat was really fast . so i timed my heart rate . i started a few seconds late so it wasn’t accurate but i got 94bpm so i counted how many pills were missing and apparently i took 180 mg . i’m estimating i took them like 60 or so , hours ago aand the only thing weird is my heart rate . i thought 180 was a huge number so i did everything i could to flush it i drank 2 gallons of water a gallon of orange juice and a cup of lemon juice and i ate as much as i could even though the extra energy made me chew the living hell out of my lower lip . i try to do everything slow , take deep breathes , and avoid flashing lights and what not . the feeling is the same you’d have if you just ran a lap or got panicked or something . but my question is do i still have to be all slow and careful when my bpm isn’t that extreme . ?

  • I am a healthy 91 year old. the other day I was taking my pulse and after 5beats, there was a pause…then 5 beats later, again a pause or miss beat. this went on for 4 miss beats and then it seemed to be normal after that, Is there some significance in a miss beat…3 or 4?

  • hi iam a 21 yr. old female and iam about 5’2 i weight 170 pounds and my heart rate has always been fast i have recently started working out and my resting heart rate is about 123-127 bpm is that normal?? or should i get it checked out?

  • There is no exact number for a “normal” resting heart rate (RHR), but there are ranges that are considered normal. Likewise, a resting heart rate of 60 does not indicate that a person is healthy (i.e. no underlying problems). The “Normal” range is cited as 60-80 BPM. There are a HUGE number of factors that contribute to your heart rate, and many are transient/temporary. Some are:

    Genetics
    Age
    Medicines/Alcohol
    Level of fitness
    Weight
    Other medical issues (such as high blood pressure)
    Stress
    Past heath issues
    Recent (excessive) Cardio activity

    Alberto Contador, a recent winner of the Tour de France, has a reported RHR in the mid 20′s. America marathoner Ryan Hall has a RHR of 29. By the same token a person who weighs over 300 lbs, smokes two packs a day, eats a high-fat diet, and does not exercise, could be expected to have a RHR above 100 BPM. That is not “Normal” for a healthy person, but it is consistent with what one would expect.

    Short recommendation – take a “self-inventory” of the factors above in relation to your RHR. If you have ANY concerns about your heart rate (at rest or under stress) see your doctor and get a stress test. This will establish a bench mark and could help lower your rate (by eliminating your worry!) Then determine what other factors you can impact. Changing eating habits, increasing exercise, loosing weight, and kicking bad habits can make a huge difference.

  • I HAVE PANIC ATTACKS SOMETIMES & I SOMETIMES SCARE MY SELF BECAUSE MY HEART BEATS FAST WHEN I AM GOING THROUGH MY PROBLEM. I HAD 1 YESTERDAY & THE DOCTOR PUT ME ON ATENOLOL iTS SLOWED MY HEART RATE DOWN WHEN I HAVE MY ATTACKS TO ABOUT 60, BUT MY UASUAL HEART RATE WAS BETWEEN 75 & 80.. I HAVE WENT UP TO 140 BEFORE, I GOT SCARED & CALLED 911, I AM STRUGGLIN WITH MY ATTACK FROM YESTERDAY RITE NOW, JUST TRYTING TO REMAIN CALM & DRINKING PLENTY OF WATER. FEELS LIKE MY HEART RATE GOES UP TO 110 WHEN I GET UP TO WALK. I DO NOT HAVE INSURANCE & I CAN’T GET CHECKED OUT SO I THINK I AM SCREWED.. FOLLOW M,E ON TWITTER.COM/SHUNFLAMESBEATS

  • hi. im 20 and my heart rate is 115bpm.. i do regular excersise but its always around this number. is this normal ?? heart problems run in my family does anyone no if i shud consult my doctor about this??

  • Is it bad if the pulse rate is altered dramatically? How does it affect the human body?

  • I have high blood pressure and I’m on medication. I’ve just bought a HRM for exercising, how do I know what I should adjust my heart rate to?

    Michelle

  • I find it amazing that normal varies so much. 50-100 is double but still normal. Interesting!

  • Yea im 17 year old male im 5ft 6in 152 pounds less then 7% body fat work out all the time. My doctor just dignosed me with thoracic outlet syndrom and iv been haven a lot of chest neck shoulder and left arm pain with all fallows under thoracic outlet other then the chest pain and feelung like i aint geting anoff air any way i check my pulse prolly 10 times aday soecialy at night every time i check my pulse its always low 60 every time never under or over always 60s i went to the doc and the nurse checked it at 87 witch i thought was weird then that night i checked it 3 times same results 57 with was weird cause at the same time i was haveing chest pain and this pain in my ribs lower then my heart and on the side i havent went to the emergency room for it but i did go to the clinic they did the ekg thing and xrays to see if i had a extra rib or clot causeing the thoracic outlet syndrom witch im also told is very rare and physical thearpy usally curse it but if not a surgery to remove the first rib is very risky being a major artery is rite there and 3 major nerves that come off of the spine my point is has any one heard of this is chest pain a symptom just not a very comen one with thoracic outlet syndrom and can the pinching of the artery to be low like that cause i for got to say it was 57 in my left arm with soft pulse and 59 in my rite arm with normal thumps so it felt and my ekgs and x rays and basic blood test all come back normal

  • I been reading a lot of these, and i have the alot of the same problems, my heart rate seems higher then i think it should be, resting is anywhere form 60 to 90 and sometimes 130 just walking to the kitchen, and i too was all checked out. I am a fit person who works out 5 days a week, and all my test came back good, basically was told it was stress too.. so its good to know your not the only one out there with these problems, and it does help the anxiety knowing we can deal with it, and get the stress down.. good luck everyone,

  • When I’m relaxing onthe sofa, my heart rate is 70bpm. When I get up, and move around ,it goes up to 100 and comes down to 70 very fast when I sit down again. When I exercise my bpm goes to 120bpm. Why would it go up so much just from getting up? I,m 67 years old.

  • I am 6’3″ and 210 lbs, my age is 64 years old, my resting heart rate is 50, i exercise between 120 and 150bpm. i exercise 3 days per week on an elipticle machine. i burn 400 calories and 3. 5 miles in 30 minutes. however it takes 30 minutes for my heart to get back to the resting rate. whats up?

  • Just checked mine 44 I’m 40 yrs young and a male. I guess Insanity and P90ax are working

  • I am a 15 year old Guy in high school and i was wondering whether it is bad to have and extremly high pulse like my normal resting pulse is 130 bpm i was wondering if thats bad if i take my pulse after i wake up its at 100 bpm is that bad?

  • I am a 14 yr old male and i wouldnt say im terribly stressed and i work out and do all that cardio and strenght training through the baseball and pe programs at school. After an 8 min mile my bpm is about 140 and resting is about 73. I have no clue what the norm is and am i good?

  • 108 bpm. I’m 14 and I haven’t moved in like 20 minutes. WHY IS IT BEATING SO FAST?

  • I have had my heart rate measured on several occasions in different situations. I meditate often and when I’m deep in meditation, it is about 25 bpm. when just sitting and reading, its between 40 and 50, and when excercising, it can get up to about 110. I know the meditating one is low, but just trying to reference my heart rate to others when resting or excercising.

  • My resting HR is typically about 72 BPM, but it has been slowly improving over the past year.

    Have you done any measurements of your orthostatic heart rate? That is the difference in your resting HR between sitting and standing. It is a pretty interesting indicator of overtraining.

    …Tim

  • Im 22 years old- 5ft9′ female and my average resting heart rate it 54BPM, usually when i exercise i go up to between 160BPM and 180BPM so usually working at around 70-85% of my MHR

  • My rhr hovers around 50. Lowest ive seen it is 43 and highest ive seen it during exertion is 193.

  • Thanks Gabe, how old are you, for comparison’s sake?

  • I have just woke up after a few drinks my heart rate is 86ppm is that normal my Herat rate is Usaly around 64Ppm in mornings and goes up to 84 after walking is it normally

  • 72 palse rate bpm

  • I probably have the lowest heart rate of all my friends… had it down to 41bpm on last sunday morning. In fact, i find that to be a little low…when you jump up to fast your heart needs to bounce into gear to catch up …it’s somewhat unpleasant.

  • my resting heart rate is 108 today but my bp is 102/67. should i worry? yes i smoke, i dont drink i stay active and eat right. if i mow the grass my heart rate shots to 180 and takes about 5 to 10 mins. to lower.

  • Wow, Tammy that tachycardia… How old are you? If you’re really young, smoke and not much into exercise I wouldn’t be too concerned. Resting should be like 70 or 80. Nearly 110.. I would head to the Doc or start exercising more to try and make your heart more efficient.

  • rhr 51.., I’m 50 yrs old and for the last 5 yrs or so have rode 12 miles a day getting to work, when I arrive I checked my pulse and it was around 85, dropping to 70 after 5 mins

  • im 60 the 23rd of july —5ft 7 146 lbs —a full time cyclist and yearly cross country touring —average about 400 miles a week when not touring and about 250 miles of that is productive riding —problem is my resting heart rate is always 100 to110—-bp in the low 130/88—-no meds at all but i do try to donate plasma when i can get my heart rate underr100—-what gives

  • Hi all, I’m a 36 yr old male, would consider myself reasonably fit, (i run about 25 miles a week) but by no means an athlete, I say that because my resting heart rate is consistantly around 42 BPM (taken while still in bed) all charts on web don’t go this low, the closest is 50BPM for ‘Atheletes’, which I’m not. I’m therefore thinking is there something wrong. Any advice/tips warmly welcomed. Thanks

  • I’m a 65 year old male and my RHR is between 45 and 48. It’s 57 right now as I am sitting at my PC. Before I moved to interval training, my RHR was around 60. I highly recommend interval training, and check out PACE, it’s the same concept.

  • A heart rate monitor assists you when you participate in your peak exercise track on strong training days and helps you maintain during simpler exercises. Sometimes, it is tough to tell what your pulse is when you’re in the middle of the exercise. A heart rate monitor simplifies this process to make sure you’re in the zone that you wish to be in for maximum performance.

    When you consider how many people in the world go out for a run or go cycling or engage in some other form of purposeful exercise on a regular basis, it would be truly depressing to think a high percentage of them are, whilst not wasting their time, not getting the most out of their workouts and in a small percentage of cases may even be harming themselves.

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