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Aerobic Heart Rate

It is of extreme importance to know your target aerobic heart rate, so as to make sure that you are carrying out the right workout and that too in a proper manner. People often tend to get confused as to how to determine target aerobic heart rate. Well, there are different factors, on the basis of which your right heart rate is decided, to say for example, age is one such major factor. We cannot expect a youngster's target heart rate to be the same as that of a 60-year-old man.

Target heart rate varies according to the training zone. Healthy heart zone is apt for people who have just entered the fitness parlance. In this stage, your ideal heart rate should be about 50 - 60% of the maximum heart rate. This workout zone basically consists of warm up exercises that enable you to reduce your body fat and lower your blood pressure and cholesterol level. The calorie loss in this stage is about 85%. 
The fitness zone is basically meant to burn calories and achieve health fitness. Your target heart rate in this stage should be about 60 - 70% of the maximum heart rate. It is a higher intensity workout zone, when compared to warm up zone and it leads to quick weight loss by burning more calories. Talking about the aerobic heart zone, ideal heart rate should be about 70 - 80% of maximum heart rate. This endurance-training zone helps in improving your cardiovascular development and also it helps in strengthening your heart.
Here is a chart showing your target heart rate in terms of beats per minute, in accordance to your age:

Age

Target range (beats/minute)

20-24 120-150
25-29 117-146
30-34 114-142
35-39 111-139
40-44 108-135
45-49 105-131
50-54 102-127
55-59 99-123
60-64 96-120
65-69 93-116
70 and older 90-113
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