We often say, “you can’t manage what you don’t measure. Since it’s American Heart Health Month, and we’re in the fitness industry, we thought it might be helpful to share estimated target heart rates for different ages. Your maximum heart rate is about 220 minus your age.

This chart comes from the American Heart Association.

Know Your Numbers
In the age category closest to yours, read across to find your target heart rate. Heart rate during moderately intense activities is about 50-69% of your maximum heart rate, whereas heart rate during hard physical activity is about 70% to less than 90% of the maximum heart rate.
The figures are averages, so use them as general guidelines.
Age             Target HR Zone 50-85%      Average Maximum Heart Rate, 100%
20 years     100-170 beats per minute    200 beats per minute
30 years     95-162 beats per minute      190 beats per minute
35 years     93-157 beats per minute      185 beats per minute
40 years     90-153 beats per minute      180 beats per minute
45 years     88-149 beats per minute      175 beats per minute
50 years     85-145 beats per minute      170 beats per minute
55 years     83-140 beats per minute      165 beats per minute
60 years     80-136 beats per minute      160 beats per minute
65 years     78-132 beats per minute       155 beats per minute
70 years     75-128 beats per minute       150 beats per minute

More heart health hints:

Last week, we talked about when it was best to splurge and make sure you get organic fruits or vegetables in order to avoid pesticide residue.

Super food selection for health diet in porcelain bowls over distressed wooden background.
Super food selection for health diet in porcelain bowls over distressed wooden background.

But the other side is this: If your options are eating conventionally farmed fruits and vegetables versus NOT eating any fruits and vegetables, the health risks from the amount of potential residue you might consume is much lower than the health risks associated with skipping fruits and vegetables.

Finally, we’ve had several friends recently who’ve lost someone close to them via sudden heart attacks, so my question to you is, “What are you waiting for?”

Yes, it’s true that many people survive heart attacks and go on to change their lifestyles to improve heart health for the future. But guess what? You don’t have to wait!

Please don’t “weight” to start improving your heart health!

Ask us how to get started – we’re ready to help.