A target heart rate calculator provides you with a range of numbers that indicates how fast your heart should be beating during exercise. This calculation can be determined by comparing your age and level of activity using our easy-to-use target heart rate calculator. It also enables you to track your heart rate during future workouts in order to reach a personal fitness goal.
What is a Resting Heart Rate?
Before calculating your target heart rate, you will need to identify your resting heart rate. Your resting heart rate refers to the number of times your heart beats per minute while it’s in a resting position. This test should be done first thing in the morning when you wake up using your fingers and a stopwatch.
According to the National Institute of Health, the average resting heart rate for children (10 years or older) and adults (including seniors) should be 60-100 beats per minute, while the average resting heart rate for well-trained athletes should be 40-60 beats per minute.
Using a Target Heart Rate to Improve Your Fitness
A target heart rate is used to measure the intensity of a workout and how it impacts your heart’s beating per minute. Exercising while keeping your heart rate within the target range has been shown to be more effective in improving one’s aerobic fitness. An individual who has done little or no exercise previously should aim to exercise at the lower end of the range – roughly 60 percent of their maximum heart rate. As a general rule, the intensity of a workout should not prevent you from talking, but should prevent you from singing.