When you're working out, it's important to know what your target heart rate is so you can maximize your exercise time. You want to get your heart rate up high enough that you are working your heart and lungs, but not so high that you can't maintain your pace and need to stop.
Your target heart rate is a zone between 50-85% of your maximum heart rate and it is measured in "beats per minute" (BPM). This means you are working hard, but not working as hard as you possibly could.
You can enter your stats in Fit's Calculator to figure out what your specific target heat rate is for your age, height, and weight.
Or you can use this chart to find out where your target heart rate should be, depending on the age that is closest to yours.
|Age in Years||Target Heart
Rate Zone in BPM
Heart Rate in BPM
You can test your heart rate by checking your pulse on your wrist or neck. Or you can wear a heart rate monitor if you don't want to be bothered with counting your breaths while exercising. I for one, love my heart rate monitor.
If you don't want to bother with either, than use the conversation pace test. If you can sing while maintaining your level of movement, than you're not working hard enough. If you can talk while moving, that's a pretty good pace, but try to push a little past there. If you can't even waste your breath to grunt an answer to a yes/no question, then you are working too hard.
Fit's Tips: If you're just beginning to do cardio, you want to aim for your lowest target heart rate. So if you were 25 years old, you'd want to be working out at a pace of 98 beats per minute. As you continue working out, gradually build up to the middle part of your target heart rate, around 134 beats per minute.