The average resting heart rate for women and other adults ranges from 60 to 100 beats per minute, reports Medical News Today. Adults who are very athletic may have a resting heart rate as low as 40.
When the resting heart rate is lower than 60 for unusual reasons, it is referred to as bradycardia. Tachycardia is when the resting heart rate is over 100 beats per minute, states Medical News Today.
Many factors may influence a person’s heart rate, including activity level, emotions, fitness level, medications and body position, notes Mayo Clinic. The age of an individual also influences the heart rate speed, as heart rate generally slows as an individual grows older, as reported by Medical News Today.