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Heart Rate in Relation to Fitness

Aerobic fitness is all about improving cardiovascular function, and inorder to determine how much aerobic exercise one should do, and at whatintensity, a person needs to understand how their maximum heart rate affectstheir fitness level.  Knowing the maximiumheart rate the body should be at can help determine which type of aerobicexercise is best for a single person’s body, and assist them in becominghealthier overall.


Maximum heart rate can vary depending on age and fitness level, but agood standard for determining what an individuals maximum heart rate should beis to start by subtracting one’s age from 220. 220 beats per minute is the absolute maximum that can be attained by ahuman (usually never seen accept in small children).  For example, if a person is 35, they canbegin with a maximum heart rate estimation of 185.  This means that as they’re working out, toget into a target zone for buring the most fat and working the heartaffectively, their pulse rate should never rise about 185 beats perminute. 


This may seem high, and some prefer workouts that are just as effectivebut not as intense.  In this case, theymay want to aim for 60-70 percent of their maximum heart rate.  Or, alternate between higher intensityroutines on one day and lower intensity on other days. 


Heart rate is a quick indicator of how fit a person is, which is whyphysicians check it at annual physicals and use it as an indicator forproblems.  No matter whether a personwants to work out at an extremely high intensity, alternate days, or keep theworkout intensity lower when just starting out, heart rate is an excellentindicator of how hard the body is working, and how fitness level is improvingover time. 



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