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Target heart rate

Are you working within your target heart rate zone? Do you know what is is? Do you care? Basically working within the THR zone (between 60% to 80% of your maximum heart rate) provides maximum health and fat-burning benefits from your cardiovascular activity. So you see knowing your target heart rate is great for your workout.

In order to actually work out whether you are working within your training zone, simply locate your radial artery at the side of your wrist. Then using your index finger count the beats for 20 seconds and multiply by 3. This result should be within the minimum and maximum training rate values listed below.

To use the calculator, enter your age, your resting heart rate (the 20 seconds x 3 value) and click the Calculate button:

Your target zone is simply a range that you should be aiming for in your workout (by keeping your intensity level such that you maintain a rate between an upper and lower heart rate limit). There are various target zones that are suggested for individuals based on your specific exercise goals. For example To improve Fitness : 70-80% of Max Heart Rate.

Ideal For Benefit Desired Intensity Level (% Max HR)
Light Exercise Maintain Healthy Heart/Get Fit 50% - 60%
Weight Management Lose Weight / Burn Fat 60% - 70%
Aerobic Base Building Increase Stamina Aerobic Endurance 70% - 80%
Optimal Conditioning Maintain Excellent Fitness Condition? 80% - 90%
Elite Athlete ?Maintain Superb Athletic Condition 90% - 100%>

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