Reaching my target heart rate

April 1, 2009

Ok. I don’t mean to be gross in this post but a lot of sweating will be involved so be warned 🙂

So what is your target heart rate? Your target heart rate is where your body will be most effective at loosing weight. There are several thoughts on this. One of the most popular is calculated age method. Basically you take 220 and subtract your age and 70 percent of that is your target rate.

For example for me, it’s 220-39 to get 181 and 70 percent of that is 126.7. Is that correct? you betcha. 🙂 I know when I am working out and if I keep up with my heart rate, once it hits the 130 mark I start sweating like crazy. It’s like a switch gets thrown and my body starts working at a whole new level.

So I need to find a way to reach that rate quicker so I can work in that zone more and increase my weight loss. Right now it takes about 10 to 15 minutes to get there. I know with more weight loss I can work harder and that should get me there quicker but I just can’t do that yet. I guess I can if I work at it.

So, what is your target rate?




  1. This is a great explanation of target heart rate. For someone who is significantly “math challenged,” I really appreciate the walk-through of the concept!

  2. I wish I could take a lot of credit for the explanation but I found it on several websites 🙂 But sometimes just putting it out there again for someone else to find is very important. I wanted to know what mine was so I know what I needed to work towards. I can feel like I am working hard but not be hitting that target heart rate.

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