And since it’s Valentine’s Day – today is ALL about a focus on the HEART – literally!
Do you know how to check your heart rate?
Or use the heart rate monitor on a machine or that attaches to you?
You can also use the ‘old school’ method and find your radial pulse on your forearm/wrist area or your carotid pulse on your neck and count for a minute how many beats you pick up to find your resting heart rate. Men and Women tend to average around 70 beats per minute depending upon age. The formula below would help you determine your optimum training zone, however.
For example, I’m 33 and 220-33 = 187, so my maximum heart rate is 187 (HRmax).
WHY is this all so important?
You want to not only focus on physical results, but there’s a reason why it’s called CARDIOvascular fitness – to workout the heart! So, if you start out little by little and progress to a range that fits your fitness level, you won’t overexert yourself or cause harm in that way.
In a whole other post I’ll talk about why Max Interval Training can not only be efficient but effective!
What are some fun ways you change up cardio to work within your zone?