The resting heart rate is an important indicator of overall health and fitness. It can be used to measure the efficiency of the heart and its ability to pump blood around the body. Knowing what a good resting heart rate is for your age and gender can help you to monitor your health and fitness.
Resting Heart Rate by Age
The resting heart rate for adults generally falls between 60 and 100 beats per minute (bpm). However, a lower resting heart rate is considered more desirable, as it is a sign of better cardiovascular health. As people get older, their resting heart rate tends to increase. For adults aged 18-25, a resting heart rate of 60-80 bpm is generally considered healthy. For adults aged 26-35, a resting heart rate of 65-85 bpm is considered healthy. For adults aged 36-55, a resting heart rate of 70-90 bpm is considered healthy. For adults aged 56 and over, a resting heart rate of 75-95 bpm is considered healthy.
Resting Heart Rate by Gender
Men tend to have a slightly lower resting heart rate than women, with a healthy range of 60-90 bpm for men aged 18-25, 65-85 bpm for men aged 26-35, 70-90 bpm for men aged 36-55, and 75-95 bpm for men aged 56 and over. For women aged 18-25, a healthy resting heart rate is 65-85 bpm, for women aged 26-35, 70-90 bpm, for women aged 36-55, 75-95 bpm, and for women aged 56 and over, 80-100 bpm.
It is important to remember that resting heart rate is an individual measure and that the values may differ from person to person. It is best to consult a doctor if you are concerned about your resting heart rate or if you think it is too high or too low. Monitoring your resting heart rate can help you to stay on top of your health and fitness, and ensure that your heart is functioning optimally.