Your resting heart rate is the number of times your heart beats per minute while it’s at rest. It is recommended to measure resting heart rate first thing in the morning (before you have that first cup of coffee) or at night right before bed time.


The National Institute of Health lists the average resting heart rate at about 60-100 beats per minute for adults and children aged 10 and older. However, the standard is changing and many doctors in the medical community think it should be lower-- closer to 50-70 beats per minute. The better shape you're in, the lower your resting heart rate will be. If your heart rate is too high, it may indicate that your heart is straining. Recent studies suggest a heart rate higher than 76 beats per minute when you're resting may be linked to a higher risk of heart attack. 


As always, please consult your doctor or other medical professional for information on your heart rate and health condition.