The normal pulse rate for adults at rest is between 60 to 100 beats per minute. The lower the pulse rate for adults the more efficient their hearts operate. Athletes normal pulse rates can be as low as 40 which imply better cardiovascular health. The range for normal respiration in adults is quite large. People who are extremely high and low could have underlying health problems such as tachycardia or bradycardia.
Normal Pulse Rate for Adults
To find out your pulse rate put your finger on your neck or wrist and count the number of beats in 15 seconds. Multiply the number by 4 and you have your resting heart beat. For example, if you counted 15 you multiply that by 4 for a resting heartbeat of 60 beats per minute (BPM).
There are several factors that can influence your heart rate including:
- Fitness level
- Activity level
- Bodily position
- Air temperature
The normal pulse rate for men is 60 to 100 beats per minute. Anything outside this rate should be checked by your doctor. Low pulse rates for adults is known as bradycardia while fast pulse rates is known as tachycardia. People who have normal blood pressure typically have regular pulse rates and rhythm.
Low Pulse Rate for Adults
Most people are happy when they get normal medical test results. When you’re measuring your heart rate having a low pulse rate is better. A low pulse rate means your heart is working more efficiently and you are probably in better cardiovascular health than most of your friends and family.
If you don’t have a normal respiratory rate and it’s on the high side – above 160 – you can lower it through a healthy diet and good old fashioned exercise.
The more you exercise the healthier your heart becomes. A healthy heart means it does not have to work as hard. An analogy to explain this would be that an Olympic marathon runner would not have to exert nearly as much effort running one mile as you do.
Over time your resting heart rate will become lower as you exercise more because there isn’t as much stress on your heart to be working hard.
A normal pulse rate for adults is a good sign of overall health. Again, the scale is 60 to 100 beats per minute. If you want to lower that number you should start eating a healthy diet, skip out on the coffee and energy drinks and workout three to five times per week. If you are concerned your number is too low or too high see a doctor right away. Consult your physician before starting any diet or exercise program.