The target heart rate is a guideline which can help you stay in a safe exercise heart rate range. This will help you improve your cardiorespiratory fitness. This means your heart and lungs will become stronger. As your age increases, your target heart rate will decrease.
how to measure your pulse / take your heart rate.
The target heart rate, also known as THR, is based on 60 to 80 percent of a maximum heart rate. To figure your THR, use the table on this page.
If you are just starting an exercise routine, you may want to start out at 60 to 70 percent of your THR. As you become more fit, you may want to progress to 70 to 80 percent of your THR.
Learn more about
good exercise guidelines.
Certain medicines will lower your heart rate response. Be sure to talk with your doctor if you have any questions.
A metabolic energy equivalent (MET)
measures how much effort an activity
requires from you.
Try to increase your average MET level
during cardiac rehabilitation.
Gradually increase your resistance and
speed to increase your MET level.
See the Metabolic Energy Equivalent chart to see types of activities you can measure.
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