Target Heart Rate and Weight Loss?

Target Heart Rate and Weight LossIf you are exercising-or thinking about starting-you may have heard the phrase “target heart rate” before. Many people use this number to monitor their exertion level when participating in an exercise program. The typical “formula” for determining this number begins with figuring your (approximate) maximum heart rate.

This is the way to do that:

  • 206.9 – (0.67 x Your Age)
  • The resulting number is your maximum heart rate

The “target heart rate zone” is usually between 50 and 75% of the maximum heart rate, but this number can be a little different for those just starting an exercise program. If you have been inactive for some time, the best thing to do is discuss how to begin a physical activity program with your concierge doctor. Dr. Sitapara can help you set safe goals, and you can work your way up to a comfortable level of exercise as your body adjusts to the program.

Still, knowing your maximum heart rate can be very helpful, as you will always want to stay below that number when you exercise. Keep in mind that certain medications such as beta blockers can influence this, lowering the maximum heart rate. Consult with Dr. Sitapara if you are taking anything for blood pressure or other medical conditions that may interfere with reaching your target heart rate.

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