Resting vs. Target Heart Rate
A beating heart is the greatest symbol of life there is—no living thing can exist without it. It’s your body’s internal clock and hardest working organ you have, beating nearly 100,000 times a day. Heart rate, measured by the number of beats per minute, can provide necessary insight into your current state of health. Here’s what you need to know:
Resting Heart Rate
Your resting heart rate refers to the number of beats per minute your heart experiences while you are at rest (when you aren’t doing strenuous activity or exercise). Between 60 and 100 beats per minute is considered a “normal range”. However, 80 beats/minute or above may indicate a higher risk for heart disease. Generally, lower heart rates are associated with healthier hearts because they can pump blood throughout the body more easily.
Target Heart Rate
Your target heart rate (determined by age, height, and gender) is the ideal range of heartbeats per minute while you are exercising. Your workout is most effective when your heart has reached its target heart rate. To calculate your heart rate and optimize your workout, visit eHow. Remember, certain medical conditions such as high blood pressure and pregnancy factor into what your target heart rate should be, so always consult a physician before beginning a new exercise regimen.
To learn more about achieving your optimal resting and target heart rate, visit the American Heart Association.
Instructions and Disclaimer: The content on this website is designed for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses. Always consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your health.
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