Want some facts about your heart rate to help you reach your fitness goals for real this new years? Did you know that heart rate actually plays a key role in weight loss during exercise? It's actually very important to find your target heart rate during your work out so you can measure your initial fitness and monitor your progress in a fitness program.
When working out, you should never exceed your maximum heart rate. This will help avoid to avoid injury and help you to have a healthier and more productive work out. A good way to estimate your MAXIMUM heart rate is to subtract your age from 220.
Ex: 40 years old would be 220- 40, so your maximum heart rate is 180 beats per minute or bpm.
Your TARGET HEART RATE should be 50-85% of your Maximum heart rate.
EX: A 40 Year old would have a max heart rate of 180 bpm, that number multiplied by .5 and .85 gives you 90-153 bpm.
When you begin a fitness regime, you should aim for the lower end of your target heart rate (50%). Then gradually work yourself up to the higher part of your target heart range. (75-85%). Just be sure to pace yourself. It is important to ensure that your receive a proper workout without overexerting your body.
Below is a website that will help you calculate your Exact target heart rate. It will also show you where you need to be for optimum fat burning, or cardio fitness.
First, you must find your resting heart rate. The best way to do this is to check it first thing in the morning. You can count how many beats you have in a minute, or count for 6 seconds and multiply it by ten. Then simply click and fill out the information.
Have a Happy Workout and Happy New Year! ~Healthy Girl