Average Heart Rate

This page outlines key information pertaining to the average heart rates in both males and females. It should be noted that the average heart rate varies heavily with the lifestyle chosen by the individual, as well as the individuals’ age. This average heart rate can also be referred to as a Normal Resting Heart Rate, measured in beats per minute (bpm).

Average Heart Rate

This page intends to give you an indication of roughly where your target heart rate should be with respect to your age and lifestyle. This information is all based on your Normal Resting Heart Rate which should be measured first thing in the morning when you wake up, or in very calming, non-anxious time periods. Many things affect heart rate aside from the age and lifestyle we have mentioned including Stress/Anxiety, Body Size, Medication, Gender, Genetics, Air Temperature, and Body Temperature.

Average Male Heart Rate

The average male heart rate is illustrated in the following table. It is evident that lifestyle and age are heavily contributing factors.

Age (in years)
Lifestyle 18-35 36-55 56+
Athletic 49-55 bpm 50-57bpm 50-56 bpm
Above Average 66-70 bpm 67-71 bpm 66-71 bpm
Poor Health 82+ bpm 84+ bpm 82+ bpm

Average Female Heart Rate

The average female heart rate is illustrated in the following table.

Age (in years)
Lifestyle 18-35 36-55 56+
Athletic 54-60 bpm 54-60 bpm 54-59 bpm
Above Average 69-73 bpm 70-73 bpm 69-73 bpm
Poor Health 83+ bpm 84+ bpm 84+ bpm

Useful Resources

Target Heart Rate Calculator

If you’re curious about your target heart rate, perhaps you’d also be interested in our Target Heart Rate Calculator. This calculator gives you an indication of where your heart rate should roughly be.

Tips For Maintaining A Normal Heart Rate:

A healthy heartbeat is important for protecting cardiac health.

While exercise is essential for promoting a low and healthy heart rate, there are some other steps people can follow to protect their heart health, including:

  • Quit smoking: Cigarette smoking leads to a higher heart rate, and quitting can decrease it to a normal level (1).
  • Reduce stress: The stress can contribute to an increased heart rate and blood pressure. Methods to keep stress at bay include yoga, deep breathing, mindfulness training, and meditation (2,3).
  • Lose weight: Extra body weight means that the heart has to work harder to provide all parts of the body with sufficient oxygen and nutrients (4).