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Keep a Good Heart Rate

Icon of dumb bellsRegular exercise provides multiple benefits but finding the time to exercise is only part of the solution. Your heart rate plays a key role in maximizing the benefit of regular exercise. Keep in mind you should aim for your target heart rate while exercising.

The ideal level to reach is 50 to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate, which is the highest rate you can safely reach. To identify your maximum heart rate, subtract your age from 220 beats.

Keep this number in mind while you exercise. Periodically check your pulse while you are exercising by placing your finger over the pulse beat on your wrists, inside your elbows or along either side of your neck. Count the number of beats for 60 seconds. If your heart rate is too low, you may need to work out a little harder, if it’s too high, you should slow down a bit.

Finding your target heart rate while exercising can maximize your heart health.

Find a a heart specialist near you.


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