Everyone loves to do Cardio exercises to keep heart fit.
But are you tracking your heart rate? Go for Heart rate training and track it through heart rate chart.
A heart rate chart tells you the average number of heart beats per minute you experience as your heart pumps blood through your system. When the amount of energy you exert increases, your heart rate increases in turn. Before testing your rate during your exertion, you should test your resting heart rate, the number of beats in one minute while you are in a state of rest. This will tell you your basic overall heart health and fitness level. As you become more conditioned, less effort will be needed to pump blood through your body, and your resting heart rate will actually decrease.
Heart Rate Training—An introduction:
The heart is a muscle that needs to be exercised regularly to be strong and efficient. Your heart rate (heart beats per minute) provides a constant measure of your exercise intensity. Exercising at the right intensity for the right amount of time is the key to getting the most out of your workouts and meeting your fitness goals.
- What is heart rate?
The frequency that the heart pumps blood and oxygen to working muscles. It is the most practical measure of cardiovascular intensity.
- What is heart rate training?
Heart rate training is simply using heart rate training zones to guide your fitness program. If you’re interested in weight loss, it balances the best use of your fuel (fat vs. carbohydrates) with the need to increase calories burned. If you’re interested in athletic performance, it balances the need to build an aerobic base and endurance with the need to
- What are the benefits of heart rate training?
- Improved results: Heart rate training will help you lose weight or increase your speed and the amount of activity you can do.
- Increased motivation to exercise:
– Your workouts are more interesting and accountability is improved when you know how many calories you’ve burned, your average HR and time spent in your target heart rate zones.
– Different workout types make exercise fun.
– A heart rate monitor is your “cardiovascular dashboard,” continually providing feedback on your workout.
- Increased metabolism:
– Heart rate training provides the right mix of aerobic (longer time spent) and anaerobic (higher intensity) exercise to increase your fitness level and the amount of time spent using fat for fuel. • Helps you avoid overtraining:
– A heart rate monitor provides the feedback necessary to show you if you are over exercising and should slow down.
- What is Anaerobic Threshold? (AT)
Your Anaerobic Threshold (AT) is the exercise intensity level at which exercise becomes noticeably difficult. Breathing becomes heavy and talk is challenging. A beginner can only exercise for a few minutes at this intensity. A very fit individual can exercise at or above AT for thirty minutes or more. Your AT will improve with exercise and is the best way to measure your personal fitness level.
Usually Anaerobic threshold lies between zone 3 and zone 4.
- Why should AT be used to create heart rate training zones?
As your fitness level improves, you are able to do more work at the same intensity or the same amount of work at a lower intensity. What was once hard is now moderate and what was moderate is now easy. The change in your ability to exercise, i.e., your fitness level, requires that your heart rate zones change too. Anaerobic Threshold is the best measure of fitness level as it changes with fitness improvements. (Other cardiovascular measurements, like predicted maximum heart rate, do not change when your fitness level improves; Life Time Fitness does not believe they are accurate gauges for determining heart rate training zones.)
- What is maximum heart rate?
What is resting heart rate? Maximum heart rate is the highest number of beats per minute that your heart can produce. Resting heart rate is the beats per minute your heart is pumping just after you wake up and before you get out of bed. With improved fitness levels, you will lower your resting heart rate, i.e., your heart can provide the same amount of blood and oxygen in fewer beats.