When exercising you can work too hard or not work hard enough, which can lead to injury or frustration. Always check with your doctor before going on an exercise program.
Target Heart Rate is easy to do and is the most commonly used method for measuring exercise intensity. Your fitness level should be the factor that determines how hard you work. Some people have exercise restrictions due to health conditions or injury, that can have an effect on your recommended intensity level.
If you are a beginner, your low fitness level should be around 50% to 60%. If you are in an advanced or high fitness level, it can be 75% to 85%. Slowly build up to the higher part of your target zone or level.
- One of the most common mistakes new exercisers make is not measuring the intensity of their cardio workouts.
- Guidelines say that aerobic exercise should be “moderate” or “challenging,”
- Target Heart Rate (THR) is the most commonly used method for measuring exercise intensity
“When starting an exercise program, aim for the lowest part of your target heart rate zone (50 percent of your maximum) during the first few weeks”