Normal Heart Rates
For a normal healthy adult, the normal resting heart rate is between 50 to 100 beats per minute. Heart rates for different age groups and individuals vary, but the rule of thumb for assessing optimum heart function for adults is to not get beyond or lower than the given normal range. To understand heart rate better and to know the factors that usually affect the rate of beats every minute, one must take a good look at how your ticker really works.
The heart is the only muscle in the body that pumps blood, the vehicle for oxygen, nutrients, and other substances and deliver these elements to all the parts of the body. The tongue may be the strongest muscle in the body but the heart has been pumping blood since you were in utero. Theoretically speaking, if you have a high resting heart rate, the more effort your ticker exerts. That’s a lot of work to do. People who have cardiovascular problems such as plaque formation in the blood vessels because of bad cholesterol are more prone to tachycardia or heart rate that’s faster than normal.
A lower than normal heart rate indicates that it doesn’t have to pump more blood to the rest of the body so often because the heart is in good shape. Remember Lance Armstrong? His heart rate is reported to be around 30-35 beats per minute. It’s a shame he got slammed for admitting that he used performance-enhancing drugs in his athlete’s heyday.
Regular exercise may cause a faster heart rate but this activity strengthens the walls of the heart and when your body gets used to exercise, eventually, your ticker wouldn’t have to exert too much effort in order to pump blood all throughout the body. A healthy diet and lifestyle is the key to a strong and healthy heart. Keep moving, get off from that couch and try to cut back on junk food, smoking and alcohol intake. Live a heart-healthy lifestyle. Not only will your ticker thank you for it, you get to feel good and look good too.