Dr. H. James Harrington said, “Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can’t understand it, you can’t improve it. if you can’t control it, you can’t improve it”.
Think of your heart as a muscle and the harder you work it, the stronger it gets and aerobic exercise is the best way to work it. The more you exercise your heart, the more you lower your resting heart rate (RHR). A stronger heart pumps more blood per beat, so the same work is performed with less beats. A healthy heart will help prevent cardio disease/heart attacks.
For the maximum benefit from your cardio workout it is recommended you work out at 50% – 85% of your maximum heart rate (MHR). To calculate your MHR, deduct your age from 220. Keep in mind, that your MHR can be off up to 10% using this method, as heart rate levels vary depending on your fitness level, nutrition, medications, genetics, and environment. After you have calculated your MHR with the above method, check your heart rate monitor to determine if you need to lower or increase your intensity level.
We cannot underemphasize the importance of heart rate monitors. We recommend a heart rate monitor for everybody that works out and encourage you to inquire at the front desk about our MyZone heart monitors (we have made them very affordable for our members). In addition to measuring your heart rate, MyZone measures calories burned and your effort level, which allows you to set goals and evaluate your progress while enjoying a safe workout.
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