Paying attention to your body during exercise is critical to getting safe results!
By Rick McCarthy
For people who are generally healthy and fit, using a percentage of your Age- Predicted Maximum Heart Rate ( 220 minus your age) is a good measure of the intensity at which you are working, with a range of 60% – 85% of your MHR as a goal ( 50% if you are new to that exercise) .
For those who are new to exercise, de-conditioned, or are taking medications that may affect your heart rate (such as beta- blockers) , a better measure is what we call Perceived Exertion – essentially, how we feel while doing the activity.
If you can keep a steady pace, maintain a good breathing pattern, and can think and talk clearly, then you are doing it right!
If you’d like more information on Aerobic Intensity send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll answer your questions.