Your resting heart rate is the number of times your heart beats per minute while it's at rest. Best taken after a good night's sleep, before getting out of bed, the average resting heart rate is 60-80 beats per minute, but it's usually lower for physically fit people. It also rises with age. The best places to find your pulse are the wrists, the inside of your elbow, the side of your neck and the top of the foot. To get the most accurate reading, put your finger over your pulse and count the number of beats in 60 seconds.