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Target Heart Rate Calculator


Target heart rates let you measure your initial fitness level and monitor your progress in a fitness program. This approach requires measuring your pulse periodically as you exercise and staying within 50 to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate. This range is called your target heart rate. To receive the benefits of physical activity, it's important not to tire too quickly. Pacing yourself is especially important if you've been inactive. Target Heart Rate is a good way for health professionals to monitor your progress.

 

How should I pace myself?
  • When starting an exercise program, aim at the lowest part of your target zone (50 percent) during the first few weeks. Gradually build up to the higher part of your target zone (75 percent). After six months or more of regular exercise, you may be able to exercise comfortably at up to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate. However, you don't have to exercise that hard to stay in shape.




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