December 20, 2017

Get in the Zone – Do You Know Your Target Heart Rate?

Everyone knows exercising is a key to weight loss and a healthy lifestyle – but did you know managing your heart rate can help you maximize your efforts?

“People starting an exercise program such as jogging or cycling will often over exert themselves, which is not needed and can be detrimental,” said Johnathan Davidson, MD, a general cardiologist with Asheville Cardiology Associates, an affiliate of Mission Health.

An effective exercise program is one that can be maintained, and this requires working in your target heart rate zone – neither under nor over exerting yourself.

Know Your Zone

Age Target Heart Rate Zone

(50-85%)

Maximum Heart Rate

(100%)

20 years 100-170 bpm 200 bpm
30 years 95-162 bpm 190 bpm
40 years 90-153 bpm 180 bpm
50 years 85-145 bpm 170 bpm
60 years 80-136 bpm 160 bpm
70 years 75-128 bpm 150 bpm

*bpm = beats per minute *Courtesy American Heart Association – www.heart.org

The easiest way to track heart rate is to wear a heart rate monitor. Before beginning an exercise program, consult your physician.


Johnathan Davidson, MD, is a general cardiologist with Asheville Cardiology Associates, an affiliate of Mission Health.

To learn more about heart health, visit mission-health.org/heart or call (828) 274-6000.

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