Regular exercise is one of the best ways to keep our hearts healthy, but do you know if you’re working out enough or even possibly too hard?
According to the Cleveland Clinic, you gain the most benefits and lessen your cardiovascular risks when you exercise in your target heart rate zone. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends an exercise target heart rate ranging from 50-75 percent of your maximum heart rate is what most healthy people should aim for. By learning your target heart rate you can help ensure that you are making the most of your workouts.
WebMD states one of the easiest ways to calculate your target heart rate is by taking the number 220 and subtracting your age. Once you have your target heart rate you can test if you’re reaching it by checking your heart beats per minute periodically during exercise. Just count the number of beats per 10 seconds and then multiply that number by 6. Aim to match this number to your target heart rate you calculated previously.
Visit the American Heart Association for more details on how to monitor your heart rate and to see a chart of estimated rates according to age.