Target Heart Rates

August 10, 2015

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Do You Really Need to Track Your Heart Rate When Working Out?

Your heart rate not only controls your body but also the efficiency of your exercise. By monitoring your heart rate and aiming to stay within your target ranges, you will get the most out of any physical activity. But, you do not have to push yourself past your limits to achieve weight loss and promote a healthy heart! The key to cardiovascular fitness is getting a good but safe aerobic workout. Regular aerobic exercise makes your heart stronger and more efficient, meaning that your heart pumps more blood each time it contracts, needing fewer beats per minute to do its job. This is why physically active individuals tend to have lower resting heart rates. Target heart rate zone is simply a scale of how hard your heart and cardiovascular system are working when you exercise measured in beats per minute.

Your target heart rate when exercising should be approximately 60 to 80 percent of your maximum heart rate and increases with age.

You can manually record your own heart rate by using your first two fingers and applying light pressure over the blood vessels of your inner wrist. Once in this position, count your pulse for 10 seconds and then multiply that number times 6 to find your heart rate. Check out  your target heart rate and start getting your heart pumping next time you hit the gym!

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