Significance of Heart Rate During Exercise

Significance of Heart Rate During Exercise

With the presence of wearable technology, it has become easy to monitor heart rate.  But what is an ideal heart rate for rest and exercise?


Heart rate at rest

The best time to check your resting heart rate is first thing in the morning, even before you have that hot cup of coffee.  Normal resting heart rates should be between 60 to 100 bmp.  Lower heart rates mean your heart muscles are in great condition and does not need to work hard to maintain a regular heart beat.  People who are active can have heart rates as low as 50 bpm or lower and high performance athletes can  have resting heart rates as low as 40 beats per minute.  Higher heart rates can be attributed to stress, anxiety, hormones, medication and how physically active you are.


Heart Rate During Exercise

The magic number associated to calculating your heart rate is 220 minus your age.

For example to train at your maximum heart rate if are 35 years old is  220 - 35 which is 185.  This means that the average heart rate at max capacity training should be at 185 bpm.  If you are training at higher than maximum heart rate then you are straining, however if you feel you are not working hard enough, you can push a little more during exercise to increase heart rate. 

Below is a chart to help you understand and monitor your rates during exercise.



If you're just starting to exercise, talk to your doctor first.

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