How to Calculate Your Ideal Exercising Heart Rate


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.

Things You'll Need

  • watch
  • calculator
  • 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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