A normal heart rate, or pulse, for women 31 years of age is 60 to 100 beats per minute, according to the American Heart Association. This range reflects the 'resting' heart rate; exercise and other activity tend to increase the count.
The wrists, neck and inside of the elbow are the most common areas used to check the pulse. When testing the 'resting' rate, the patient should be calm and in sitting or prone position; measurements taken in the morning before the subject rises from bed are most accurate.
Medications and air temperature are known factors that may increase pulse rate, states the American Heart Association.