Ever ask yourself, “how do I find my target heart rate?” Finding your target heart rate is easy with our target heart rate calculator. Target heart rate calculation can be determined for any age and activity level, enabling you to use a heart rate monitor and get the most benefit from your workouts.
What is your target heart rate?
Before you learn how to calculate and monitor your target training heart rate, you have to know your resting heart rate. Your resting heart rate is the number of times your heart beats per minute while it’s at rest. You can check it in the morning after you’ve had a good night’s sleep and before you get out of bed.
According to the National Institute of Health, the average resting heart rate:
- for children 10 years and older, and adults (including seniors) is 60 – 100 beats per minute
- for well-trained athletes is 40 – 60 beats per minute.
How to use target heart rate
Target heart rates are used as a tool to measure exercise intensity. Research has shown that if you exercise while keeping your heart rate (measured by your pulse) in your target range, you will be more effective at improving aerobic fitness. People who do little or no exercise and who are just getting started should initially aim to exercise at the lower end of the range – about 60 per cent of their maximum heart rate – until they get conditioned. As a general rule, the intensity of the exercise you are doing should not prevent you from talking, but should prevent you from singing.