What’s Your Target Heart Rate?

2594767344_f5eb9119f8 Last week, I posted about how hard you should be working during exercise. The quick answer is that you should still be able to maintain a conversation as you walk, jog, or bike. But if you want to track your progress in an exercise program and continue to improve your fitness level, you should really be focused on your target heart rate.

According to the American Heart Association, for the first few weeks of an exercise program, you should try to maintain your heart rate at about 50 percent of your maximum rate. Over time, you can work up to more like 75 percent (or 85 percent if you really want to push yourself, although working up to this level could take six months of regular exercise). So how many beats per minute is that? To find out, check out this handy chart from the AHA.

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  1. by Kate

    On October 13, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Thanks for the info! Do you have any information on target heart rates while you’re pregnant? I’d like to continue running but my heart rate gets into the 150′s and I’m not sure if that’s safe.

  2. by Michelle Q

    On October 14, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    I always remember Oprah’s guideline – you should still be able to converse, but working just hard enough that you don’t really *want* to!

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  4. by Evangelina Schoenhals

    On December 25, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Thanks for the info, very useful

  5. by Evangelina Schoenhals

    On December 25, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Excelent info my friend!!, keep it comming!