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The pulse rate is a measurement of the heart rate, or the number of times the heart beats per minute. As the heart pushes blood through the arteries, the arteries expand and contract with the flow of the blood. The normal pulse for the healthy adult ranges from 60-100 beats per minute. Generally, a lower rate at rest implies efficient heart function and better cardiovascular fitness. The pulse rate is one of our vital signs. The healthy heart supplies your body with just the right amount of blood at the right rate for the body requirements.

When you workout ,are you doing too much or not enough. There’s simple way to know: your target heart rate helps you hit the bull’s eye.” we don’t want people to over-exercise, and the other extreme is not getting enough exercise, “says Gerald Fletcher ,M.D., a cardiologist and professor in Mayo Clinic college of medicine in Jacksonville,Fla.   Even if a person is not an athlete, knowledge of his/her pulse rate can help to monitor his/her fitness level.

According to the National Institute of health ,the average resting pulse rate:

  • For children 10  years and older, and adults(including seniors)is 60-100 beats per minute
  • For well-trained athletes 40-60 beats per minute.

Many factors can influence heart rate:

  • Activity level
  • Fitness level
  • Air temperature
  • Body position
  • Emotions
  • Body size
  • Medication

Heart is a muscle, just  like strengthening other muscles by doing activities, you can do same thing with heart also. Most importantly getting fitter lowers the pulse rate, by making heart muscles work more efficiently.


  • National Institute of Health