Exercise is an important part of your health and pacing yourself is an important part of good exercise. To find the right pace, SHC recommends staying within your target heart rate zone for most of your exercise — the range can be measured as 50 to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate (MHR).
To get your target heart rate zone, enter your age in the calculator below and click "Submit". Click "Clear All" to start over.
These numbers are estimates. For a more accurate rate, consider discussing your target range with a personal trainer.
For vigorous exercise, aim for a target heart rate of 70 to 85 percent of your maximum -- the upper limit of what your cardiovascular system can handle during physical activity.
The Importance of Pacing
Keeps you from tiring too quickly or pushing yourself too far, too fast.
Is especially important if you've been inactive and are beginning a new fitness routine.
Helps you measure your initial fitness level and gauge your progress.
Check Your Heart Rate During Exercise
1. Stop briefly. 2. Take your pulse for 10 seconds. 3. Multiply this number by 6 to calculate your beats per minute. 4. Continue your workout.
If you're starting an exercise program, keep your heart rate at the low end of your target zone and gradually work up.
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