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Doctor insights on: What Is Your Target Heart Rate For A Vigorous Activity

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

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

Heart Rate (Definition)

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


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

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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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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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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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 thats 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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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