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Target Heart Rate
|Heart rate is widely accepted as a good method for measuring intensity during running, swimming, cycling and other aerobic activities. Exercise that doesn't raise your heart rate to a certain level and keep it there for 20 minutes won't contribute significantly to cardiovascular fitness. |
Your target heart rate during exercise should be about 50 percent to 75 percent of your maximum heart rate.
Your target heart rate is a useful way of pacing yourself when you exercise, to make sure your level of activity is not too high or too low. You also can use your target heart rate to evaluate your initial fitness level and your progress over time. To do this, you'll need to measure your heart rate from time to time as you exercise.
When checking heart rate during a workout, take your pulse within five seconds after interrupting exercise because it starts to go down once you stop moving. Count your pulse for 10 seconds, and multiply by six to get the per-minute rate.
Find out your resting heart rate by taking your pulse after sitting quietly for five minutes. Count your pulse for 10 seconds, and multiply by six to get the per-minute rate.