Exercise Target Heart Rate Checker
Your maximum heart rate is calculated by subtracting your age from 220 for men and 226 for women. Your target heart rate zone is 50-75% of your maximum heart rate.
It is recommended that you exercise within your target heart rate zone three to five times a week for 20 to 60 minutes to maximize the health benefits of cardiovascular activity and weight loss.
People who exercise regularly build up endurance, but they gain little additional value when the heart rate goes above 80% of their maximum. Strain and injuries can occur when exercising at this intensity and this level of activity can not be sustained for a long period of time. Similarly, exercising below 60 % has little sustainable impact. However, for beginners, it's a good place to start.
Using a heart rate monitor is an easy and accurate method of checking your heart rate. If you don't have a heart rate monitor, you can use your finger to feel your pulse.
* Place your index finger on the side of your neck between the middle of your collar bone and your jaw line. You may also use the radial artery on the under side of your wrist.
* Count the beats for a full 60 seconds or count the beats for 10 seconds and multiply by 6. Counting for only six seconds is a convenient method, but it is more accurate to count for the full 60 seconds. The longer you count, the more accurate your reading. Whatever method you choose, be consistent.