# Optimal Heart Rate

Having an optimal heart rate is one very important indicator of a healthy lifestyle. But, this rate can vary in different circumstances. This Buzzle article tells you more.

Yash Gode

Last Updated: Jun 3, 2018

**Heart rate is defined as the number of times the heart beats in one minute. The unit of measuring the heart rate is beats per minute (bpm). The optimal heart rate for adults can be anywhere between 50 and 100 beats per minute, depending on the activity level. As the heart pumps or supplies oxygenated blood to all parts of the body, the rate of pumping or beating depends on the demand for blood in the body. The heart rate is high, while working out, and at its lowest, in resting or sleeping condition.**

*Definition of Heart Rate*:Calculate Optimal Heart Rate

Optimal heart rate may not be the same for everyone, and will vary in different circumstances. So, it doesn't mean that a heart rate that is slow or high is abnormal.

Determine the Maximum Heart Rate (MHR) which can be calculated by subtracting your age from 220. The value of optimum heart rate will be between 50% and 80% of MHR. This method of calculation will work only if you are an average person in normal weight range and have optimum level of daily activity. Not many people are normal in this statistical sense.

Determine the Maximum Heart Rate (MHR) which can be calculated by subtracting your age from 220. The value of optimum heart rate will be between 50% and 80% of MHR. This method of calculation will work only if you are an average person in normal weight range and have optimum level of daily activity. Not many people are normal in this statistical sense.

Optimal Heart Rate While Exercising

There is a method of calculating your optimal heart rate if you're an athlete or wish to undergo rigorous physical training. Here are the steps you need to follow to calculate it.

- Determine the maximum heart rate (MHR) which can be calculated by subtracting your age from 220.
- Calculate your normal resting heart rate (RHR). Either use a resting heart rate calculator, or you can just measure it when you wake up in the morning.
- Subtract the RHR value from your MHR value and you will get the value of your heart rate reserve (HRR).
- Mow, multiply this HRR value by the percentage of the MHR at which you wish to do the training. 60% to 85% of the MHR is the advised range for most people.
- Add RHR to this result to get your target rate.

220 - 30 = 190

190 - 70 = 120

120 x 0.7 (70%) = 84

84 + 70 = 154

Optimal Resting Heart Rate

Optimal resting heart rate is defined as the number of times the heart beats in one minute, while in resting or sleeping condition. In other words, it is the minimum possible rate of heartbeat. It can be compared to the idling of a vehicle. The average heart rate in adults ranges from 65 to 80 beats per minute (bpm). Whereas, the normal resting heart rate for adults can be anywhere between 60 to 70 bpm.

Age Group |
Normal Beats Per Minute (BPM) |

Babies (under 1 year) | 100 to 160 |

Children (1 to 10 years) | 60 to 140 |

Children (above 10 years) and Adults | 60 to 100 |

Well-trained athletes | 40 to 60 |