What is the normal heart rate for women?
The normal heart rate for women is a measure of the resting rate.
The resting heart rate is measured in BPM - beats per
minute - which is a measurement that is best taken when you
are breathing normally.
The best time for measurement would be early morning after a good night's rest or anytime during the day when you have had time to rest and take a break.
Thus, a normal heart rate for women is between 70 to 80 beats
per minute. For women that are into health and fitness and
exercise regularly this range may go down and be between 45 to 60 beats per minute. Your heart rate is affected by factors such as:
- physical fitness
- drugs and medication
- stress or anxiety
If you exercise and are not overweight you will find that your
resting heart rate will be well bellow the 70bpm mark.
On the other hand, if you don't exercise and do not have a well-balanced diet and your resting heart rate is consistently (this means over a period of time after several heart rate measurements) over 80bpm then you should consider some form of exercise.
To measure your heart rate - the old school way - follow these
- Place the tips of your index and second fingers on the palm
side of your other wrist just below the base of your thumb
- Press lightly with your fingers until you feel the blood
pulsing under your fingers. If you can't feel it move your
fingers around up or down a little bit until you feel pulsing
- Use a watch with a second hand, or look at a clock with a
second hand and count the beats you feel for 10 seconds.
- Multiply the number of beats you counted by six to get your
heart rate (pulse) per minute.
Example: if you counted 12 beats in ten seconds calculate
12 beats (per 10 seconds) X 6 = 72 beats per minute
Of course, it's not always convenient to measure your heart rate this way especially if you are exercising.
Thus, it is worthwhile to invest in a good sports heart rate monitor or a home-use all-in-one blood pressure & heart rate monitor.
Normal Heart Rate For Women - Additional Resources
If you would like to learn more about target heart rates while exercising or optimal fat burning vs. cardio heart rate training zones navigate back to the main Women Fitness page.
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