Target Heart Rate
You may have seen wall charts in gyms and trainers rooms that show an array of diagonal zones that carry a specified heart rate for people of different ages. They are a general guide as to an expected heart rate for people of a particular age range. What’s the big deal about specific heart rates?
By assessing your target heart rates, you can find those heart rates where you can achieve the maximum fat burning or fitness levels depending on what your goals are. A good point to remember is that when you stay below 80% of your maximum heart rate, you can exercise longer and maximize your aerobic fitness levels. If you go below 70% of your maximum heart rate, you may not get the most benefit from your exercise time. Anaerobic exercise is that which goes beyond 80% of your maximum heart rate. At this level, your body cannot replenish oxygen and energy at sufficient levels, so your body will burn fat and not be able to get rid of the waste products fast enough. You’ll become exhausted and have to stop. Anaerobic exercise doesn’t sound so nice, however there are times when you need to train at anaerobic levels.
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