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Average Heart Rate

This page outlines key information pertaining to the average heart rates in both males and females. It should be noted that 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).

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 effect 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 MaleAverage 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 Human Heart Rate

Average FemaleAverage 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.