The normal resting heart rate for adult men and women is 60 to 100 beats per minute, states Medical News Today. Women have a slightly higher normal resting heart rate than men.
Women have a slightly higher heart rate because the sinoatrial node recovers faster between heartbeats, according to azcentral.com. Children have heart rates ranging between 100 and 170 beats per minute, while athletes can have heart rates between 40 to 60 beats per minute, states Medical News Today.
The heart pumps blood to the various body organs according to each organ’s nutritional and oxygen requirements. At rest, the body requires less oxygen and nutrients, and the heart rate is slower, according to Mayo Clinic.