What Is the Target Heart Rate Equation?

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The equation to determine target heart rate requires subtracting age from 220 and multiplying that number by 0.5 to 0.85. Find out what your heart rate should be when exercising with information from a board-certified cardiologist in this free video on heart rates.

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Hi, my name is Eric Frischhertz. I'm a cardiologist in Austin, Texas with Capital Cardiovascular Specialists. I'm here to answer the question, what is the target heart rate equation. The target heart rate equation is based on your maximal age predicted heart rate. And the way to determine your maximal age predicted heart rate is to subtract your age in years from the number two hundred twenty. That will give you an estimate of your maximal heart rate. The recommended percent of your maximal heart rate to exercise for maximal cardiovascular benefit based on recommendations from the American Heart Association, are to exercise at between fifty to eighty five percent of your maximal age predicted heart rate for thirty minutes for three to seven days per week. So if you take your age minus two twenty and multiply zero point five to zero point eight five, times that number you'll find your target heart rate range at which it will be most beneficial for cardiovascular health.

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