What does your heart rate have to do with weight loss and fitness goals? Turns out, everything. Knowing how to use your heart rate levels during exercise is an effective way to enhance your workouts, so that you can more easily lose those extra pounds or tone that tummy.
Heart Rate Zones
The first step to successful heart rate (HR) training is knowing your maximum heart rate. To calculate this, simply subtract your age from 220. The formula is 220 - Age = Maximum Heart Rate. Once you’ve determined this, you can figure the numbers for each zone listed below.
Benefits of Heart Rate Zones
Understanding what each HR zone does to your body helps you strategize your workouts in order to get the desired results. Below is a breakdown of the benefits and uses, as well as sample exercises, for each zone.
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