Monthly Archives: March 2018

What Does Your Heart Say About You?

heartrate

Fit bit, Garmin, all these exciting fitness trackers have really changed how people view their health and lifestyle. It has, I would say, even changed how some perceive their lives… Maybe starting taking their health more seriously… So I appraise these companies.

Now what does it all mean? Steps, sure we know. But what about the heart rate? Do you know what your pulsing heart rate really means? Is it normal, is it healthy … ?

What should your Target Heart beats per minute (bpm) be for Exercise, Losing Weight and simply for your Health? Fact is, knowing your heart rate can help you track your health and fitness level, and even give you fitness-health goals.

What is a Resting Heart Rate?

It is  the number of times your heart beats per minute when you are at REST essentially. Lower is actually better, in fact, someone more active will have a lower resting heart rate than someone with lower health conditions or higher body weight. Lower heart rate typically means your heart muscle is in better condition and doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain a steady beat as opposed to those with a higher rate.

According to American Heart Association,

For most of us, between 60 and 100 beats per minute (bpm) is normal. The rate can be affected by factors like stress, anxiety, hormones, medication, and how physically active you are. An athlete or more active person may have a resting heart rate as low as 40 beats per minute. Now that’s chill!

Here is a quick guide for your reference:

Age Target HR Zone 50-85% Average Maximum Heart Rate, 100%
20 years 100-170 bpm 200 bpm
30 years 95-162 bpm 190 bpm
35 years 93-157 bpm 185 bpm
40 years 90-153 bpm 180 bpm
45 years 88-149 bpm 175 bpm
50 years 85-145 bpm 170 bpm
55 years 83-140 bpm 165 bpm
60 years 80-136 bpm 160 bpm
65 years 78-132 bpm 155 bpm
70 years 75-128 bpm 150 bpm

PS. Your maximum heart rate is about 220 minus your age.

If you do not have a tracker, you can always do it old school: Take your pulse on the inside of your wrist, on the thumb side. Use the tips of your first two fingers (not your thumb) and press lightly over the artery. Count your pulse for 30 seconds and multiply by 2 to find your beats per minute.

So bottom line, if your heart rate is too low, kick your self into a more active lifestyle. If it’s too high, calm it down and stay healthy. Either way, don’t get out of the targeted beats.

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