Heart Rate

November 6, 2013

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Heart rate is a great tool to have when it comes to being physically active.Monitoring your heart rate can tell you how hard your heart is working.A target heart rate is an ideal range for working out.It is about 50-85% of your maximum heart rate.Below this range and you may not be working hard enough to see health benefits.Above this range can be dangerous as it is straining your heart.Target heart rates can be different for everyone.As you age, your target heart rate decreases. 

A shorthand for finding your maximum heart rate is to minus your age from 220.If you then find the 50-85% of this number, you can figure out your exact range.To check to see if you are hitting you target heart rate, check your pulse periodically when working out.Press lightly on the inside of your wrists with two fingertips.Count your pulse for ten seconds then multiply by 6 to get beats per minute.              

To learn more about your heart rate, check out The American Heart Association website. 

Get the most out of your workout!Know your ultimate range for working out with heart rate. 

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We just learned about this in nutritional biochem! We figured out a classmates Max Heart Rate!

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