Weight loss is a common goal.
More than half of the Americans who participated in a 2019 survey wanted to be healthier. 59% wanted to exercise more, 54% said eat healthier, and 48% resolved to lose weight. To help with these goals, people tried to optimize their fat-burning heart rate zone. Why? Because these zones can increase workout intensity leading to weight loss.
What is your heart rate, and why does it matter?
If your heart rate is slower than usual, you have bradycardia. This condition increases your risk of low blood pressure or heart failure.
When your heart rate is too fast, you have tachycardia. This irregular rhythm predisposes you to heart failure, cardiac arrest, and stroke.
An optimal heart rate ranges from 60 to 100 beats per minute.
What is the ideal heart rate for fitness?
Your heart rate max (HRM) during exercise is 220 minus your age. So if you are 27 years old, subtract 27 from 220 to get your maximum heart rate of 193.
Your fat-burning heart rate zone is a percentage of your max heart rate.
There are two primary types of exercise - aerobic (light) and anaerobic (high intensity).
Fat-burning heart rate for aerobic exercise - 81-93% of HRM
Fat-burning heart rate for anaerobic exercise - 94-100% of HRM
Studies recommend combining aerobic and anaerobic training to improve fitness results.
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