Calculating Target Cardio Heart Rate

The best cardio workouts are ones that elevate the heart rate for a period of time. The amount of time you should keep your heartrate up depends on how fit you are and what you hope the workout will accomplish. People who are extremely fit will need to raise their heart rates higher or for longer length of time than someone who is not used to working out.

Cardio workouts should work the heart but not put stress on it unnecessarily. It’s a good idea to make sure you are within your target heart rate. This differs depending on heart rate goals and fitness level. The American Heart Association recommends between fifty percent and seventy-five percent of the maximum heart rate for people who have no health problems. If you are new to cardio workouts, sticking to the lower end of fifty percent makes more sense. To find out your maximum beats per minute, you subtract your age from 220 if you are male, 226 if you are female. You figure what you want your target heart rate to be by using the figures provided by the American Heart Association. There are monitors that can be purchased to track your target heart rate to save yourself a lot of math. 

If you are new to cardio workouts, be sure to take it slow. By working your way up to a higher heart rate slowly, you’ll be working out much healthier. You should be able to talk easily when you are working out, if you are too out of breath to talk easily then slow down.

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