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RESTING HEARTRATES FOR MEN AND WOMEN

     Your resting heart rate is determined by taking your pulse as soon as you wake up in the morning, before you move (at all). Using your index and second finger, find your pulse at your wrist and count the beats for a whole minute (or for 30 seconds and multiply by two). Do this for three mornings in a row and note the average resting heart rate, then consult the appropriate chart.

     Although genetics influence your pulse rate at rest, aerobic exercising can decrease your resting heart rate. 

Men's Chart

Age >

18-25  26-35 36-45 46-55 56-65 >65
Excellent 49-55 49-54 50-56 50-57 51-56 50-55
Good 57-61 57-61 60-62 59-63 59-61 58-61
> Average 63-65 62-65 64-66 64-67 64-67 62-65
Average 67-69 66-70 68-70 68-71 68-71 66-69
< Average 71-73 72-74 73-76 73-78 72-75 70-73
Poor 78-81 77-81 77-82 79-83 76-81 75-79
Very Poor 84-95 84-94 86-96 85-97 84-94 83-98

Women's Chart

Age >

18-25 26-35 36-45 46-55 56-65 >65
Excellent 54-60 54-59 54-59 54-60 54-59 54-59
Good 61-65 60-64 62-64 61-65 61-64 60-64
> Average 68-69 66-68 66-69 66-69 67-69 66-68
Average 70-73 69-71 70-72 70-73 71-73 70-72
< Average 74-78 72-76 74-78 74-77 75-77 73-76
Poor 80-84 78-82 79-82 78-84 79-81 79-84
Very Poor 86-100 94-94 84-92 86-95 85-96 88-96

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