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Is it better to have a higher heart rate working out or just go with what is comfortable?

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Dr. Laura Arbogast
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Yes

Everyone's heart rate goes up when working out.
What you need to do is calculate your maximal heart rate which is 220 - your age (41). When doing a strenuous workout your target heart rate should be 70% to 85% of maximum heart rate. So in your case your target heart rate would be between 125 and 152. Make sure it's ok with your doctor before starting a new work out program.

In brief: Yes

Everyone's heart rate goes up when working out.
What you need to do is calculate your maximal heart rate which is 220 - your age (41). When doing a strenuous workout your target heart rate should be 70% to 85% of maximum heart rate. So in your case your target heart rate would be between 125 and 152. Make sure it's ok with your doctor before starting a new work out program.
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