How to Find Your Target Heart Rate

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To find your target heart rate for exercise, subtract your age from 220 and multiply that number by 65 percent. Burn fat efficiently by determining your target heart rate with help from a board-certified cardiologist in this free video on exercising and heart rate.

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I'm Steve Gelati an intervention cardiologist with Capital Cardiovascular specialist and I'm here to tell you how to find your target heart rate. A target heart rate will help you to measure your initial fitness level and give you a guide as to where you want to have your heart rate during workouts. The way you do this is to find your maximum heart rate which is two twenty minus your age and then from there your target heart rate for exercise would be between fifty to eighty five percent of your maximum heart rate. Most people for fat burning will choose a heart rate of sixty five percent of their maximum projected heart rate. And more vigorous activity would be a higher towards eighty five percent. A good rule of thumb is when you are exercising if you can have a conversation without breathing too hard you are probably exercising just at the right amount. If you are finding that you can't talk and having to stop frequently to breath you are probably exercising too hard.

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