You’re sweating through another aerobic workout, and you’re wondering whether or not you’re working hard enough or working too hard. Pacing yourself is extremely important to maximizing the benefits of exercise. What’s the right pace for you?
Monitoring how fast your heart is pumping during your workout is one way of finding whether or not you are working at the right pace. According to the American Heart Association, the safest, most effective pace of exercise is one that keeps your heart pumping at a speed between 50-85% of your maximum heart rate.
How to Use
During exercise you want to elevate your heart rate to strengthen it while avoiding rates that endanger it. Use the Target Heart Rate Calculator to compute the appropriate heart rate for people your age to achieve during exercise. If you are beginning an exercise program, you should aim for the low end of the range. More experienced exercisers can aim for higher target rates.
For more information read the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services activity pyramid.