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What's a target heart rate during cardio (eliptical) for weight loss? I'm a female 30yrs 148lbs

What's a target heart rate during cardio (eliptical) for weight loss? I'm a female 30yrs 148lbs

Aerobic threshold: The important principle is to keep under your aerobic threshold when you are training. Here is a good website that explains why and gives you a guideline: https://philmaffetone. Com/180-formula/ ...Read more

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I used two calculators to find my target heart rate, with different results. One used my resting heart rate. Which should I use for losing weight?

I used two calculators to find my target heart rate, with different results. One used my resting heart rate. Which should I use for losing weight?

No magic number: There's no perfect number. Here a good rule of thumb. Subtract your age from 220. This is your maximum predicted heart rate. Multiple by 60%. This is your recommended target heart rate. Example: age 44. 220-44=176. 0.6x 176=105. 105 is your target. Remember: you'll lose more weight by reducing your intake than by trying to burn it up. Any exercise at any heart rate is beneficial for dieters. ...Read more

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Can exceeding your target heart rate during aerobics have a detrimental effect on muscle gain and fat loss?

Can exceeding your target heart rate during aerobics have a detrimental effect on muscle gain and fat loss?

Target zones: For fat loss 70-75% of maximal heart rate for 45 to 60 min is good. For endurance, without loosing muscle mass, 85-90% or more with 1-2 mins sustain, then slowing down to 60-70% resting. Alternating resting and bursting for no more than 30min total. You can, with time, increase burst time and decrease resting time as you get in better shape. 3 times a week with weight lift and increase protein. ...Read more

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Can your target heart rate zone depend at all on your height or weight?

Can your target heart rate zone depend at all on your height or weight?

No: Depend on your age. Roughly maximal heart rate for men is 220-age and women 206- (agex0.88). By calculating mhr you can use target heart rate zone for your training goals. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens when I workout over my target heart rate zone?

Nothing: When people ask me about what their target hr should be when working out, I tell them that the workout intensity is more important than heart rate. So if you feel like you are overdoing it, are exhausted and feeling sick after your workout, and your hr was less than target, it was too much. Decrease intensity. If hr is higher than target, and you feel ok afterwards, that's ok, no problem. ...Read more

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What do I do once I reach my target heart rate when running?

What do I do once I reach my target heart rate when running?

Exercise: We generally recommend aerobic exercise to target rate for at least 20 min. Of a 30min. Exercise session. If progression is desired increases in intensity or duration of exercise at two week intervals (small ~10%) are next. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what you suggest if the resting heart rate is 72, calculate this persons target heart rate and vo2 at 60% of maximum?

Can you tell me what you suggest if the resting heart rate is 72, calculate this persons target heart rate and vo2 at 60% of maximum?

90- 153: Remember it is just a target heart rate to get to during exercise, and not a number to get fixated to as you can see this is quite a wide range maximum heart rate in 40 year old is 180. The benefit you get from exercise is not so specific at particular rate so do not worry to much about the rate just keep regular exercise schedule and follow it good luck. ...Read more

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What should my target heart rate to burn fat?

What should my target heart rate to burn fat?

Ignore pop wisdom: Nobody's going to exercise scientifically for weight loss. It's a fact of human nature. Instead, you owe it to yourself to find something at least moderately strenuous that your physician approves, that you like, and that you can do with friends. Go crazy doing it, and get high from it. This "best heart rate" stuff is window dressing. Go get fit and have a great time doing it. ...Read more

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Need advice on what is the the target heart rate to burn fat?

Need advice on what is the the target heart rate to burn fat?

First calculate: Your maximal heart rate by using 220-age if male and 207- (age x 0.88) if female. Then, during aerobic exercise, you will try to reach 60-70% of the mhr and stay for as much as you can. I always advise for a medical exam before starting any conditioning exercises. Have fun. ...Read more

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What should my target heart rate be while excirse I'm 22 on a beta blocker and my resting pulse is 68?

What should my target heart rate be while excirse I'm 22 on a beta blocker and my resting pulse is 68?

Target heart rate: The equation we use is 220- your age to get your maximum hr. Then 85% would be your target hr. If you ate physically not fut, the I would start by 60% of the target hr and then gradually increase activity. Do your target heart rate is around 168 and you can start by 130 and increase gradually. Beta blockers tend to prevent hr from going up and may not be well tolerate at young age. ...Read more

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Had a stress test done and my target heart rate was 190 but when injected with lexiscan my heart only did 175 is that good or bad?

Had a stress test done and my target heart rate was 190 but when injected with lexiscan my heart only did 175 is that good or bad?

Max predicted HR...: Exercise stress testing requires that the patient reach 85% of maximum predicted heart rate. Maximum predicted heart rate is given by equation (220-age). If adequate heart rate is not achieved then pharmacologic (lexiscan) stress test can be performed. ...Read more

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Please help me with an easy way to stay within target heart rate?

Please help me with an easy way to stay within target heart rate?

Target zones: Review the target zones of aerobic exercise. They are base on your maximal heart rate that is base in your age. Rough is 220-age. Lower the zone more fat burning and higher the zone more endurance. Buy a watch that measure your heart rate and go and have fun. ...Read more

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What to do if I want to know what happens when you exercise over your target heart rate zone?

What to do if I want to know what happens when you exercise over your target heart rate zone?

Nothing: When people ask me about what their target hr should be when working out, I tell them that the workout intensity is more important than heart rate. So if you feel like you are overdoing it, are exhausted and feeling sick after your workout, and your hr was less than target, it was too much. Decrease intensity. If hr is higher than target, and you feel ok afterwards, that's ok, no problem. ...Read more

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How to determine target heart rate if already fast from coffee?

How to determine target heart rate if already fast from coffee?

Doesn't change: Resting heart rate has no bearing on target heart rate. Your age predicted maximal heart rate (apmhr) is 220 - age. Target heart rate is a % of that. Typical for exercise is 70-85% of apmhr. ...Read more

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Would doing aerobic exercises above my target heart rate be better than at it?

Not necessarily: Consistently dong exercise above your thr rate means you may bumping up against your maximal health rate. The thr is a safe and good level to exercise at without any risk to your heart. ...Read more

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What is treadmill stress and target heart rate?

What is treadmill stress and target heart rate?

Exercise test: Treadmill stress is to exercise on a treadmill to stress the heart and evaluate with ecg. Target rate is 85% of (220 - age). ...Read more

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Are you burning muscle if you go above your target heart rate?

Are you burning muscle if you go above your target heart rate?

No: There is no such thing as "target heart rate." depending on your training goals, the "target" could be anything from 60% to 100% of your max heart rate. Exceeding ~80-84% of max heart rate shifts metabolism to anaerobic (airless) metabolism resulting in the production of Lactic Acid and the burning sensation. The body is burning pure glucose here. Muscles break from overuse, not that process. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you go above your target heart rate are you burning muscle?

Not necessary: I assume you are talking abou your maximum calculated hr. If that's the case, not necessary. Depend how long you stay there. With high protein diet, weight lifting and short burst 1-2 mins every 5 mins of fast running for no more than 30mins, 3 times a week, probably not. Every person is different but you will built endurance and cardiac capacity. Check with a trainer for better results. ...Read more

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Workout problems about reaching target heart rate?

Workout problems about reaching target heart rate?

Not a problem: I suppose you mean that you can reach thr with exercise. I hope you are not taking beta blocker or your heart is accustom to exercise. ...Read more

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What should my target heart rate be while working out?

What should my target heart rate be while working out?

At your age. ..: Approximately 2/3 of your maximal heart rate. See your pcp or sports medicine expert to calculate your aerobic 'target' heart rate... Best of luck! ...Read more

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What is the danger or benefit of going past your target heart rate?

Variable: The target heart rate (thr) is usually 50-75 % of the maximum heart rate for an individual.

Ideally you get the maximum benefit when you stay with in the thr but going over for a few minutes is not a big problem.

There really is not major advantage from a training perspective to go above the thr. ...Read more

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Is it considered unhealthy to exercise above your target heart rate?

Nothing: When people ask me about what their target hr should be when working out, I tell them that the workout intensity is more important than heart rate. So if you feel like you are overdoing it, are exhausted and feeling sick after your workout, and your hr was less than target, it was too much. Decrease intensity. If hr is higher than target, and you feel ok afterwards, that's ok, no problem. ...Read more

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Tell me how do you calculate target heart rate?

Tell me how do you calculate target heart rate?

See Below: A common formula for calculating target heart rate is 220 minus age x 0.85. ...Read more

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How can I know how to calculate my target heart rate?

How can I know how to calculate my target heart rate?

Target Heart Rate: Your maximum heart rate is 220 - age.

Your training heart rate range is classically spoken of as between 60-80% of your maximum. ...Read more

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Should someone with a high resting heart rate also have a relatively higher target heart rate when working out?

Not Necessarily: The two aren't directly correlated. The best thing to do is to test your specific maximum heart rate using a treadmill. The old formula for what we'd estimate a max hr to be is 220-age for a man, 210-age for a woman. There's a new, better formula which is much more complex. ...Read more

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I am 35 & high blood pressure 148/96.During exercise what should be target heart rate for me as I m having high b.P?

I am 35 & high blood pressure 148/96.During exercise what should be target heart rate for me as I m having high b.P?

Not enough info.: First things first. Prior to starting an exercise program, one should be evaluated. A BP of 148/96 is high and should be brought under control prior to exercising. Ones weight should be assessed and, if high, addressed. All cardiovascular risk factors should be measured and addressed. If exertional symptoms exist, a treadmill stress test is indicated; this enables a safe exercise prescription. ...Read more

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I am 35 & high blood pressure 148/96.During exercise what should be target heart rate for me as I m having high b.P?

I am 35 & high blood pressure 148/96.During exercise what should be target heart rate for me as I m having high b.P?

A. Heart Assoc.: I believe the target hr for you during aerobic exercise is 93-157 and the maximal hr is 185. Note aerobic exercise is believed by many to lower resting bp, and resistance exercise might do the same. Mixed data from studies. Remember to factor in the effects of commonly ingested substances such as caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, tea, chocolates, etc. Many are ergogenic / performance altering.

Thanks. ...Read more

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What is a target heart rate range?

What is a target heart rate range?

Target heart rate: It is a range of heart rates we expect to produce an outcome we expect. For instance training effect in runners, or information about ischemia in an exercise ecg test.
Target heart range is NOT a place where executioners practice shooting to hit someone in the heart. ...Read more

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Just what happens when I reach my target heart rate?

Target heart rate: Depends on the purpose of the target rate. Usually this is a good thing that is helping one get fit. ...Read more

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When I exercise, my heart rate goes between 160-175bpm. Is this too high for a 37 year old woman? Target heart rate calc says 146 maximum.

Depends: A formula widely accepted is 220-age=maximum heart rate. Keep in mind though that this is a simplistic formula with age as the only variable and standard deviation for this equation is 10 to 15 bpm. Target heart rates for aggressive cardioconditioning are generally recommended at 80% of your calculated maximum for a healthy individual. See your first GP to discuss any possible contraindications ...Read more

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Heart rate is a measurement of the number of times a person's heart beats in one minute. Normal heart rates vary with a person's age and with excitement and exercise. Abnormal heart rates are too slow, too fast, and/or irregular (too much ...Read more