Target Heart Rate Calculator

Target Heart Rate Calculator

Your target heart rate is the range at which sustained physical activity—running, cycling, swimming laps, or any other aerobic exercise—is considered safe and effective. It is a percentage of what your maximum heart rate should be. The more fit you are, the higher the percentage can go. This calculator uses the age-based method to determine your target heart rate.

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Exercise and Your Heart: A Guide to Physical Activity. National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. 1993. Page 6. Accessed at: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Ekelund U, Poortvliet E, Yngve A, Hurtig-Wennlov A, Nilsson A, Sjostrom M. ”Heart rate as an indicator of the intensity of physical activity in human adolescents.” Eur J Appl Physiol Vol. 85. Aug. 2001:244-9.

Pizzorno: Textbook of Natural Medicine, 2nd ed., Copyright © 1999 Churchill Livingstone, Inc. pg 304.

This calculator is not intended to replace the evaluation of a health care professional.