How to Calculate Your Ideal Exercising Heart Rate

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An ideal heart rate is one which exercises the heart appropriately yet doesn't cause too much stress to the heart. This instruction is a method recommended by cardiologists but keep in mind everyone is different. Always inform your doctor before starting any exercise regimen.

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  • Subtract your age in years from 220. So if you are 20 years old, you will have 200.

  • Multiply the answer to step one by 75%. (.75) The answer you get is the ideal heart rate you should be aspiring to have immediately following exercise. *If you are 20 and got the answer of 200 above, you multiply 200 x .75 and you will get 150 as your ideal exercising heart rate.

  • Count your pulse via your wrist for 15 seconds immediately after exercising and multiply by 4 to check where you are at compared to your ideal you found in step 2. Remember, you are only counting your pulse for 15 seconds.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't expect too much, too fast. Achieving the ideal heart rate will take some time if you are out of shape. Don't push your body too hard.
  • Be sure to visit the link in the resources section below this article to learn more.
  • Always inform your doctor of your wishes to start exercising and inquire with him/her on what they feel a healthy heart rate would be for you. This article is only a guideline.
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