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American Heart Association answeredNormal heart rate varies from person to person. Knowing yours can be an important heart-health gauge. Your resting heart rate is the number of times your heart beats per minute while it’s at rest. The average resting heart rate is 60 to 100 beats per minute, but it’s usually lower for physically fit people, and it rises with age.
The normal heart rate varies based on the person’s age, condition and circumstances. For example an athlete has a different resting heart rate than a non-athlete of the same age. Also circumstance such as extremes in environmental temperature, illness or anxiety can alter a person’s heart rate. Finally baseline heart rates vary based on the person’s age for example:
- Fetus in utero: 120-170 beats per minute
- Infants less than 1 year: 100-160 beats per minute
- Children ages 1 to 10 years: 60-140 beats per minute
- Children age 10+ and Adults: 60-100 beats per minute
In general a person’s heart rate will decreases with age. More important than the exact number is knowing the pattern or baseline heart rate for the individual.
National Academy of Sports Medicine answeredResting heart rates vary per individual, and for average adults it is not uncommon to find normal resting heart rates between 60-100 beats per minute. An individual who is more conditioned will typically have a more efficient heart and pair of lungs, so it is not uncommon to find their resting heart rate between 40-60 beats per minute. It is best to take a resting heart rate measurement first thing in the morning after complete rest. First, find an area where the pulse can be clearly felt. The radial pulse is usually the best and safest to use. To find your radial pulse, place two fingers just below the wrist on the thumb-side of your forearm. Be sure to not use the thumb while trying to read the pulse. The thumb has a detectable pulse of its own and it can often be difficult to tell which pulse is from the thumb and which is the radial pulse. Once the pulse is felt, count the number of beats for 60 seconds; this is resting your heart rate.Helpful? 3 people found this helpful.