Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Finding your target heart rate

To find your target heart rate, start by taking 220 minus your age. This number will be your maximum heart rate. Your THR is between 55% and 85% or your maximum heart rate. Therefore, take your maximum heart rate and multiply it by .55 and .85 and there you go...your very own target heart rate!

You can measure your heart rate by finding your pulse on your neck or wrist, counting it for 15 seconds and then multiply the number by 4...there you have it...your current beats per minute (bpm). You can also measure your heart rate on most pieces of aerobic equipment or by using a heart rate monitor (ranging from $20-$150 at Target, Wal-mart, Dick's Sporting Goods, etc).

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