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Resting heart rate (RHR) is the slowest rate at which the heart can effectively pump blood to the body.[1] It can be determined by either taking the radial pulse or the carotid pulse. The resting heart rate should be taken three days in a row (then averaged), just after a good night's sleep and before you get out of bed.

The average RHR for males is about 70 beats per minute (BPM) and about 75 BPM for females.[2] Generally, the lower the RHR, the better. This is because the heart can pump out more blood to the body with each beat, thereby increasing its efficiency.

References[]

  1. Donche, Dan (2006). The Most Elite Exercise Tracker of All Time, 1 ed., US: Lulu. 
  2. Heart rate by age
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