A 39-year-old member asked:
how would monitoring my heart rate during exercise help me?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram answered
31 years experience Cardiology
Generally not needed: Generally you do not have to monitor your heart rate during exercise and many of the sensors to do so are not accurate particularly when your body is in vigorous motion.You should exercise to comfortably intense levels, for instance you should be able to speak without difficulty during exercise. In certain heart conditions your doctor might advise you to maintain below a certain heart rate.
Answered on Jun 16, 2012
Dr. David Shenouda answered
20 years experience Cardiology
Exercising the heart: Your heart rate during exercise is an insight into how hard your body is working. First off you need to determine your maximum predicted heart rate for your age. This is 220 minus your age. From this number you can figure out your "zones". A good workout zone is 70-85% of the maximum. Talk to your doctor or a personal trainer to figure out what's best for your health and your goals.
Answered on Jan 10, 2017
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