What is my target heart rate?
The typical heart rate calculator will tell you to take 220-age(50 yr old)=170 (multiply by 60-80%) = 102 to 136 beats per minute. You can also calculate by including your resting heart
rate in the equation. 220-age(50)-Resting Heart Rate(85)= 85 (mulitiply by 60%)=51 + RHR (85) = 136 In either case, it is still a guideline. I recommend that when people are starting out they use the RPE scale. This is the Rate of Perceived Exertion scale. It is a scale of 1 – 10. One is how you feel when you are resting, relaxed on the couch. Ten is the most difficult thing you’ve ever done (childbirth comes to mind here – sorry guys!). You want to be about a 5-6 starting out, then work your way up to a 7-8 after a few weeks. You should be able to have a conversation with someone while exercising, this allows you to continue to breathe.. vs. being completely out of breath and unable to continue your exercise program.