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Friday, October 8, 2010

Target Heart Rate

What is your target heart rate? Your target heart rate is a percentage of your max heart rate, which is the highest number of times your heart can beat per minute.

Do you know how to calculate your target heart rate for when you are exercising?

It's a simple calculation: 220 - age. For example my target heart rate is 220-31=189. Yes I jut gave away my age. LOL.

These are the various heart zones:
Healthy 50-60% of your target heart rate.
Temperate 60-70%
Aerobic 70-80%
Threshold 80-90%
Redline 90-100%

For longer workouts, your goal should be to spend most of your time in a temperate to aerobic range. With more intense workouts, you may spend time in the higher ranges but know that this increases the risk of burnout or injury!

Last night I did Insanity Fast and Furious and my heart rate went up to 169 with an average time spent in an aerobic zone. So I know I'm right on target :)

*information courtesy of Team Beachbody

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