Intensity & Heart Rate

How do you know if you are working too hard or not hard enough? Tracking your heart rate is one way to determine your intensity.

To calculate your Exercising Heart Rate:

  • Pause
  • Find your pulse, preferably in your neck
  • Count the number of beats in 15 seconds
  • Multiply that number by 4

What does it mean? First determine your Age-Predicted Maximal Heart Rate by using the equation below:

220- your age = Your Age-Predicted Maximal Heart Rate

Your Target Heart Rate Zone is 60-85% of your Age-Predicted Maximal Heart Rate. When performing cardiovascular activity, your exercising heart rate should fall in this zone.