The following tables depict the average resting heart rate for adult men and women according to the fitness level and divided by age groups.
For further information on how exercise affects your heart, we refer the reader to the following academic papers:
1) Lawless CE, Asplund C, Asif IM, Courson R, Emery MS, Fuisz A, Kovacs RJ, Lawrence SM, Levine BD, Link MS, Martinez MW, Matherne GP, Olshansky B, Roberts WO, Salberg L, Vetter VL, Vogel RA, Whitehead J. Protecting the heart of the American athlete: proceedings of the American College of Cardiology Sports and Exercise Cardiology Think Tank October 18, 2012, Washington, DC. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2014 Nov 18-25;64(20):2146-71.
2) Maron BJ, Pelliccia A. The heart of trained athletes: cardiac remodeling and the risks of sports, including sudden death. Circulation. 2006 Oct 10;114(15):1633-44.
3) Prior DL, La Gerche A. The athlete's heart. Heart. 2012 Jun;98(12):947-55.
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