Many people know how to take a pulse, but not everyone knows if what they are reading is a good thing or not. A range of pulse rates is considered normal for most women, and there may be reasons why your pulse rate falls into that range or falls outside of it.
Normal Pulse Rates for Women
A pulse is the measurement of how many times your heart beats per minute. The normal pulse for a healthy adult is between 60 and 100 beats per minute. A number of factors determine where your pulse should range. First, women over 13 generally have a higher pulse than do men. Factors--such as age, weight and how active a person is--all change the range in which your pulse should be. Everyone is slightly different; It is always wise to contact your doctor before starting an exercise program and to check what heart rate is right for you.
Pulse Rates At Rest
At rest, a woman's pulse should always be lower. A normal pulse for a woman not currently involved in a strenuous activity is between 60 to 70 beats per minute. It is not uncommon for a woman's pulse to be slightly higher or lower depending on other factors.
Pulse Rates While Exercising
While you exercise, your heart rate (pulse) should be elevated. A healthy, regularly active adult should have a pulse between 90 to 120 beats per minute while involved in an exercise. Contact a doctor if your pulse ever spikes dramatically while exercising.
Right Pulse Rate For Your Age
A woman's age also plays a role in what their proper pulse rate should be. A younger woman will generally have a higher heart rate while at rest and during exercise. An older woman's heart rate will be lower. However, health problems and the level of activity participated in will change these rates.
Right Pulse Rate For Your Weight
Women of extremely different weights are going to have very different pulse rates. A heavier woman's pulse rate will be higher at rest and while active than a lighter woman. A woman who is considered overweight may see significantly elevated heart rates while at rest. A doctor can determine your proper pulse rates and prescribe a suitable workout regiment consistent with all other variables.