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Heart rate and exercise


The following tables depict the average resting heart rate for adult men and women according to the fitness level and divided by age groups.


 




Resting Heart Rate for adult MEN (bpm)

Age range 

18-25

26-35

36-45

46-55

56-65

65+

Athlete

49-55

49-54

50-56

50-57

51-56

50-55

Excellent

56-61

55-61

57-62

58-63

57-61

56-61

Good

62-65

62-65

63-66

64-67

62-67

62-65

Above Average

66-69

66-70

67-70

68-71

68-71

66-69

Average

70-73

71-74

71-75

72-76

72-75

70-73

Below Average

74-81

75-81

76-82

77-83

76-81

74-79

Poor

82+

82+

83+

84+

82+

80+


Resting Heart Rate for adult WOMEN (bpm)

Age range

18-25

26-35

36-45

46-55

56-65

65+

Athlete

54-60

54-59

54-59

54-60

54-59

54-59

Excellent

61-65

60-64

60-64

61-65

60-64

60-64

Good

66-69

65-68

65-69

66-69

65-68

65-68

Above Average

70-73

69-72

70-73

70-73

69-73

69-72

Average

74-78

73-76

74-78

74-77

74-77

73-76

Below Average

79-84

77-82

79-84

78-83

78-83

77-84

Poor

85+

83+

85+

84+

84+

84+

 Check: http://www.topendsports.com/testing/heart-rate-resting-chart.htm

 

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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