The heart rate for women is considered healthy between seventy and eighty beats per minute. In most females, about sixty to seventy-five, there hasn't been a major difference found in comparison to men, however, between the ages of about twenty-five to forty, men have a slightly lower rate. With age, men and women essential catch up to one another, but anatomically men's hearts are slightly larger and stronger than women's. Interestingly, the size of a person's heart is about the equivalent of ones fist (fyi a person's ears are about the size of their kidney). The lower the heart rate the less the heart has to work, and therefore it is stronger.
Measuring Heart Rates
The best way to measure heart rate is to take it in the morning prior to getting out of bed. Here, your heart is at a well rested pace, therefore giving its optimal beats per minute. Find your pulse on your wrist using your index and pointer fingers. Do not use your thumb, as the thumb has its own pulse, causing a false positive reading. Count how many beats you feel in fifteen seconds and then multiply that by four giving you your reading.
Diet and Heart Rate
Cardio activity and proper diet will increase the strength of your heart. Surprisingly, diet has a great effect on the heart regarding cholesterol and digestion. If you follow a somewhat low cholesterol diet, your arteries will remain clear, therefore allowing the heart to work at its prime capacity. Clogged arteries obviously strain the heart causing it to beat more times per minute and work twice or thrice as hard. Digestion requires a large amount of energy. The heart must pump the blood to the stomach to break down your food. A taxing diet such as fried foods and large amounts of meat will require the heart to work harder than eating a diet consisting of minimal intake and more plant based foods.