Normal Pulse Rate in Men

Overview

Your pulse rate is a measurement of how many times your heart beats in 60 seconds, says the Cleveland Clinic. Your pulse rate is lower when you’re at rest and increases with exercise as your heart works harder to supply oxygen to your muscles. While your heart rate will vary with age, men typically have a lower pulse rate than women.

Pulse Sites

You can measure your pulse rate anywhere that an artery runs close to the surface of the skin. The most common site is the radial artery on the inside of your wrist. You can also check your carotid pulse on either side of the front of your neck, your femoral pulse on the inside of your groin or your tibial pulse on the top or side of your foot, says Medline Plus. If your doctor suspects a heart problem or wants more information about the quality of your pulse, he can use a stethoscope to listen to your apical pulse over your left chest.

Counting Your Pulse

When you’re measuring your own pulse, you can count the number of times the artery throbs under your two fingers over 60 seconds, explains Medline Plus. You can also count the beats for 30 seconds and multiply by two.

Timing

According to Montana State University (MSU), it’s best to measure your resting pulse first thing in the morning before you get out of bed. If you want to count your heart rate later in the day, choose a time when you haven’t eaten for two hours or done vigorous exercise for four hours. Rest for at least 30 minutes, sit or lie down, relax and count your pulse.

Age

While there are some variations in normal pulse rate as you move through adulthood, they are very subtle. If you’re in good physical condition, your pulse will range between 62 and 65 beats per minute until age 36, when it rises slightly to 63 to 66. By age 65 or older, you’ll be back in the 62 to 65 range, according to Topend Sports.

Fitness Level

Topend Sports publishes a resting heart rate table that differentiates normal pulse ranges for men by physical fitness level. If you’re 24 years old and in below-average physical condition, for example, your pulse will range between 74 and 81 beats per minute. If you exercise regularly and improve your fitness to the “good” level, your pulse will drop down to 62 to 65 beats. If you continue your regimen until you’re a well-conditioned athlete, you’ll find your pulse is 49 to 55 beats per minute.

About this Author

Sandy Keefe, MSN, RN, has been a freelance writer for five years. Her articles have appeared in numerous health-related magazines, including Advance for Nurses and Advance for Long-Term Care Management. She has written short stories in anthologies such as A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Special Needs.