How to Find Your Maximum Aerobic Heart Rate

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Finding your maximum aerobic heart rate only requires that you follow a few basic steps. Find your maximum aerobic heart rate with help from a health and fitness coach in this free video clip.

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I'm Suzanne Reilley, online health and fitness coach, and I'm here today at Firm Body Evolution Holistic Health and Fitness in West Hollywood, and I'm going to talk to about how to find your maximum aerobic heart rate. So, your maximum aerobic heart rate is the actual, the greatest number of beats that your heart can beat in one minute and a good way to judge it is by using a prediction equation. To actually experience your maximum aerobic heart rate is not very fun at all, and so a way we do it is to use an equation which is 220 minus your age. So if you take the number 220 and say you're 20 years old, 220 minus 20 equals 200. So 200 would be your maximum aerobic heart rate, and then from that you can decide based on what levels of aerobic, you know, what your training is for, what you're doing, if you want fat loss or performance, you can then judge your workouts from there. Another way to get your maximum aerobic heart rate is to work with an exercise professional. They'll have you running a treadmill and they'll measure your heart rates at different workout intensities, and they'll graph them on a chart, and then extrapolate your maximum aerobic heart rate from there. So you have a little bit more of a refined outcome there, whereas with the prediction equation, it's a really great ballpark, but know that there is about a 12 beat per minute margin of error to account for there. For most people, it's no big deal, but just be aware of it. The other way to do it is to actually experience your maximum aerobic heart rate. So with that, again you want to be with a trained professional. You would get on a treadmill, under supervision, and you would go through a treadmill test to get to your actual maximum aerobic heart rate, and it's the point where your heart rate won't increase any more because your body simply can't do it. So I'm Suzanne Reilley, and those are ways to reach your maximum aerobic heart rate.

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