Monitoring Your Heart Rate

How hard should you be working out? As James and I explained in Alpha Male Challenge, one long-accepted benchmark for cardiovascular intensity is your heart rate. When you’re sitting around doing nothing, your heart beats approximately 70 beats per minute (give or take, depending on your fitness level). That’s your resting heart rate. Your maximal heart rate is the fastest rate at which your heart can beat. It’s typically estimated to decline with age. Monitoring your heart rate is very important as it might uncover underlying heart issues. Though there are several factors to poor heart rate including stress and strain on the digestive system, this is why some people seek therapies such as tVNS to combat these factors and improve their heart health. With heart attacks continuing to cause a huge number of deaths across the globe it is imperative that people look into how they can help lower the number of heart attack related deaths. One option would be to learn CPR at a place like Coast2Coast in London.

You can use your heart rate as a guide to determine the proper intensity for your aerobic exercise. The guideline formula is subtracting your age from the number 220 to estimate your maximal heart rate (e.g., a 30-year-old guy would have an estimated maximal heart rate of 190; of course, this is a very rough estimate, and his actual maximal heart rate may be much higher or lower depending on his individual fitness level).

The optimal heart rate for cardiovascular exercise is called your training heart rate. Your training heart rate should be between 50 and 85 percent of your maximal heart rate (e.g., if you’re 40, your training heart rate should be between 90 and 153 beats per minute). Most treadmills will monitor your heart rate if you simply squeeze and hold the handle. Otherwise, you can check to see whether you’re within the range by placing your index and middle finger on the carotid artery on the side of your neck. Count the beats in a 10-second interval, then multiply by 6 to get the number of beats per minute. Of course.

Exactly what your actual training heart rate should be depends on many factors, including your age, fitness level, and training goals. Getting your heart rate closer to maximal levels can be a great way to improve your cardiovascular efficiency and burn lots of calories, but lower heart rates within the zone can more effectively use body fat as a fuel source. The bottom line: a variety of training heart rates within the zone are a terrific way to condition your heart and lungs and melt that excess body fat!