For most people, the normal resting heart rate can range anywhere between 60 and 100 beats per minute based on age, physical condition, and current activity. No matter what sport an athlete plays, their resting heart rate will typically be on the lower end of the resting heart rate chart (and as low as 40 beats per minute). Some pro athletes, like Steph Curry, are rumored to have resting heart rates even below 40 BPM (beats per minute)! We have included a resting heart rate table for you to get a gauge of not just your own health, but to see where based on your age you likely stack up against your favorite basketball, baseball, or football players. Generally speaking , the more fit you are, the lower your resting heart rate will be due to your heart being stronger and more efficient at pumping blood around your body. Basically, as the heart gets stronger, it requires less beats per minute to get the job done. No matter what, if you have any concerns about how your heart is functioning, you should immediately seek out the advice of a doctor!
Heart Rate and Fitness Chart for Adults
The ratings are split up by age and by gender below. They are only intended to give a general idea of what your overall health and fitness levels are. For your measurement to be accurate, it should be taking in a resting condition, and if you are looking to develop trends, at the same time and location each day. There are a wide variety of factors that can impact your personal resting heart rate to include any recent illnesses, overall stress level, body size, body position, altitude, and medications that you are taking. For those looking at the resting heart rate of young children (under 10 years of age), the typically resting rate will vary between 70 and 120 beats per minute.
Resting Heart Rate Table for Men
Resting Heart Rate Table for Women
What Causes a High Resting Heart Rate?
Also referred to as tachycardia, people who have a high resting heart rate will often ask what the causes are? There are a variety of reasons depending on the individual. You simply might not be fully rested. The best time to take the resting heart rate is a few moments after waking up in the morning while still in bed. If it is still high, you will want to make sure that you are taking the heart rate appropriately if you are not using a device like a FitBit or other machine to measure it. It’s always a good idea to take it manually to make sure the heart rate is being measured appropriately. If still high, you could simply be stressed, or have high blood pressure. Some additional cause include being sick, or the medicines that you are taking are causing the heart to work harder than normal. Additional lifestyle factors that can increase the heart rate include smoking, alcohol use, coffee, and other caffeinated drinks.
If My Heart Rate is High, What Should I do?
The first thing to take a look at is to make sure you are measuring the resting heart rate appropriately, and at the right time of day. If you are, you should seek out an expert opinion from your doctor. While waiting for your appointment, taking a look at the potential lifestyle impacts on your heart rate and blood pressure are going to be one of the first places that your doctor looks to make recommended changes, so it definitely will not hurt to come up with a game plan to discuss with your doctor. Many doctors will also ask you to measure the heart rate over several days to develop a trend analysis to help with your treatment plan. No matter what, do not delay in seeking out medical care if you need it!
Mayo Clinic, Edward R. Laskowski, M.D., http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/expert-answers/heart-rate/faq-20057979
LiveStrong, Pam Murphy, http://www.livestrong.com/article/411280-the-average-heart-rate-chart-for-athletes/