Resting Heart Rate Test

When measuring your resting heart rate there are three ways in which you can do this. These include:

- Indirectly by placing the finger tips on a pulse site.

- Directly by using a stethoscope or by using a heart rate monitor.

The resting heart rate is most accurately measured just before you get out of bed in the morning. To further enhance the accuracy of the readings, repeat the test over three seperate mornings and take the lowest reading.

The following tables show the categories that people are classified in based on the resting heart rate test.

Men's Resting Heart Rate Range

Category 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
Very Good 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+

The ranges differ slightly between men and women, the following resting heart ranges are for women.

Women's Resting Heart Rate Range

Category 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
Very Good 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+


When performing the resting heart rate test you need to avoid using the thumb when feeling the palpation of the pulse. Also avoid heavy pressure if palpating the carotid artery, the will reduce the heart rate due to the action in baroreceptors.

Resting Heart Rate Test

Resting heart rate is most accurately measured just before you get out of bed in the morning. To further enhance accuracy you should record the lowest reading over 3 separate mornings.

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