It is not just on Valentine’s Day that we need to pay attention to our hearts. Getting to know the frequency and rate that your heart beats during exercise and at rest is beneficial for several reasons.
resting heart rate (HR)
Your Maximum HR (MHR) can be easily calculated: 220-your age. This is important for determining your desired target HR for your training session. During Interval Training, for example, you may want to get HR in Zone 4 or Anaerobic Zone which is 80-90% of your Maximum HR (MHR). For more Aerobic Zone training, Zone 3, you would want to stay between 70-80%. Your HR can fluctuate, so buying a device that keeps track of your HR while training, sleeping, etc can be a benefit to you, your trainer or coach, and your doctor.
Chris Hughes, Certified Trainer and Jim Winter, Events Coach