What Is A Good Heart Rate for My Age? Chart

Reviewed on 4/6/2022

Heart-shaped stethscope sitting above EKG results showing heart rate
A normal resting heart rate is between 60 (beats per minute) and 100 (beats per minute) for people 15 years and older.

According to the American Heart Association, a normal resting heart rate is between 60 (beats per minute) and 100 (beats per minute) for people 15 years and older. 

However, a low heart rate can also be common in athletes, people who are physically fit, or people who take medications such as beta-blockers. 

The chart below shows normal heart rates by age.

Normal Heart Rates By Age
Age range Heart Rate (beats per minute, or BPM)
Newborn 100-16
0-5 months 90-150
6-12 months

80-140

1-3 years 80-130
3-5 years 80-120
6-10 years 70-110
11-14 years 60-105
15 years and older 60-100

What Are Maximum and Target Heart Rates by Age?

The American Heart Association recommends people exercise according to their specific target heart rate zone. Target heart rate zone refers to a safe heart rate range during exercise, and it differs by age.

It is calculated as a percentage (usually between 50 and 85 percent) of your maximum heart rate. Exercising below 50 percent may not help you reach your desired goals of fitness, whereas exercising beyond 85 percent may cause common problems such as sore muscles to something as serious as a heart attack.

How to Calculate Your Maximum Heart Rate and Target Heart Rate

Here are steps to calculate your maximum heart rate and target heart rate zone:

  • Subtract your age from 220. If you are 35 years, the maximum heart rate is 220 minus 35 which equals 185 beats per minute (bpm).
  • At a 50 percent exertion level, your target would be 50 percent of your maximum heart rate, which equals 93 bpm. At an 85 percent level of exertion, your target would be 157 bpm. Therefore, the target heart rate that a 35-year-old person would want to reach during exercise is 93 to 157 bpm.

Below age-based maximum heart rate and target heart rate zones are listed.

Age (years) Target heart rate zone (bpm) Maximum heart rate (bpm)
20 100 to 170 200
30 95 to 162 190
35 93 to 157 185
40 `90 to 153 180
45 88 to 149 175
50 85 to 145 170
55 83 to 140 165
60 80 to 136 160
65 78 to 132 155
70 75 to 128 150

What Is Heart Rate?

The heart rate, also called the pulse, is the number of times the heartbeats per minute (BPM). 

To find your heart rate, check your pulse, which can be felt on your:

  • Wrists
  • Inside of the elbow
  • Side of the neck
  • Top of the foot

Place your finger (not your thumb) over your pulse and count the number of beats in 60 seconds to get your heart rate. 

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