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A 47-year-old male asked:

Is exercising at a pulse rate of 180 dangerous for a fit 47 year old male? i exercise daily

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Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Its close: Your maximum target heart rate is 220 minus your age; this would put you at 173. If you are a begginer to exercise you should gradually work up to this level and this of course assumes you do not have cardiac problems. If you do consult your physician to determine a safe level to start your exercise program.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Exercise: I doubt there is much benefit to sustaining a training rate of 180 compared to 150-160. Mixing in intervals up to 180 might be a benefit. If you are not training for some important goal but primarily for health, i would recommend the lower range.

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Last updated Aug 30, 2015

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