A normal resting heart rate for adults ranges from 60 to 100 beats a minute. Generally, a lower heart rate at rest implies more efficient heart function and better cardiovascular fitness. This incessantly and rhythmically beating of the heart is termed as heart rate.
What is Maximum Heart Rate?
The maximum heart rate is the highest your pulse rate can get. To calculate your predicted maximum heart rate you need to deduct your age from 220.
220 - Your Age = Predicted Maximum Heart Rate
Example: a 50-year-old's predicted maximum heart rate is 170.
Target Heart Rate
You gain the most benefits and lessen the risks when you exercise in your target heart rate zone. Usually this is when your exercise heart rate is 60 percent to 80 percent of your maximum heart rate. Do not exercise above 85 percent of your maximum heart rate. This increases both cardiovascular and orthopaedic risk and does not add any extra benefit.
To measure your heart rate, simply check your pulse. Place your index and third fingers on your neck to the side of your windpipe. Or you can check your pulse at your wrist, place two fingers between the bone and the tendon over your radial artery, located on the thumb side of your wrist.
When you feel your pulse, count the number of beats in 10 seconds. Multiply this number by 6 to calculate your beats per minute.
What is the Normal Heart Rate at Rest?
Children (ages 6-15) - 70-100 beats per minute
Adults (age 18 and over) - 60-100 beats per minute
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