Nowadays, treadmills and other exercise equipment are installed with heart rate monitor. They are usually found on the equipment’s handle bars. Heart rate monitors are used to determine a person’s heart rate while performing a particular exercise. It is very important for a person to monitor his heart rate while exercising because he gets to know if what he is doing is productive or not. It is essential not to over strain the heart while exercising. If you heart rate exceeds beyond what it should be while exercising, it can be harmful to your health. According to some researches, heart rate beyond 85% can be harmful to the body especially if you are not well-trained for heavy types of exercises. Beyond 85% is considered as an anaerobic zone. This means that your body is already in the state of producing lactic acid which is not very good to your body. In this zone, your body is also burning carbohydrates instead of fats. Therefore, it is very important to take note of your heart rate when performing strenuous activities.
Based on the American Medical Association, the maximum heart rate of a person can be computed by subtracting his age from 220. And that a person’s ideal heart rate must only be 50%-75% of his maximum heart rate. Therefore, 50%-75% is the heart rate that you must maintain when performing aerobic exercises like jogging and brisk walking.
To guide you with the interpretation of your heart rate monitor, you must take note that there are various training zones that corresponds to certain heart rate. If you are engaging with warm-up exercises, then you should only exert 50%-60% of your maximum heart rate. This zone is also called the healthy heart zone. In this zone, your body is in the process of burning fats. It also helps to lessen your blood pressure and cholesterol.
The next zone is called the fitness zone. This zone has the same benefit as that of the healthy heart zone however it is more intense and can burn more calories. In this zone, you should only see 60%-70% of you maximum heart rate on your heart rate monitor. The next zone is called the aerobic zone. This zone is usually used for endurance training because you need to exert 70%-80% of your maximum heart rate. This can also improve be beneficial to the heart and lungs. The other types of zones are anaerobic zone and red line. These zones are usually undergone by people who are well-trained for more strenuous types of exercises. Therefore, if you want to maintain your heart rate in the healthy zone then you should take time to look to your heart rate monitor while exercising.