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:
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 simple instructions:
Place the tips of your index and second fingers on the palm side of your other wrist just below the base of your thumb (see photo).
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 distinctly.
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.