What is the percentage of your maximum heart rate?
As human beings, we always try our best to get the most out of everything, whether it’s food or technology. Likewise, when it comes to exercise, everyone wants to achieve maximum results without overexerting themselves. That’s where understanding your maximum heart rate and its percentage becomes important.
But what is a maximum heart rate? And why should you care about it? Let us make this sound interesting (or at least amusing!)
A Quick Overview of Heart Rates
In simple terms, your heart rate is the number of times your heart beats per minute. Shocked that I stated something so obvious? Don’t worry; we’re just getting warmed up (pun intended).
A resting heart rate is the beating speed of your heart while you’re sitting still or relaxing. It’s usually between 60-100 bpm for adults but can go as low as 40 if you’re healthy and athletic like those Olympic athletes who train every day.
A higher-than-normal resting beat may indicate health issues such as hypertension or stress overload (scarier words than Spooky October), making it essential to keep a close eye on your pulse regularly.
Now the fun part – imagine watching an episode on Netflix whilst eating popcorn; even though it feels like lazy luxury time worth cherishing (can’t argue with that),you burn some calories from doing nothing! This burning calorie factor jacks up w hen coupled with exercises such as running around hills or jumping jacks which increases how fast our hearts pump blood throughout our bodies.(Isn’t biology fascinating?)
That increase can be determined by finding out the percentage of one’s max BPM(BPM refers to Beats Per Minute!).
Defining Max BPM in Layman Terms
Have you ever felt like saying “I love Christmas so much that my heartbeat rises ten-fold?”(let me guess,it wasn’t so much the holiday as maybe a new puppy or that sweater you’ve been eyeing up online finally being in stock) For us mere mortals, our max BPM is calculated by subtracting our age from 220(we do speak English ,right?), which gives us an approximate figure-the highest number of times your heart can beat in one minute.
Actually let me give you another funny reference. Max BPM is like that person who works hard for 8 hours and then goes home and just rests (imagine their heart rate at max rest).
Calculating Your Exercise Intensity
Now if we combine these two numbers (max bpm & resting bpm),that’s when magical things begin to happen- no really!
Staying within your safe exertion level helps reduce chances of injuring yourself (nobody wants knee problems) or exposing yourself to life-threatening health risks arising out of overexertion.(Please,promise me zero ER trips making BBQ counts as workout ok?)
This intensity depends on what percentage you choose of the difference between your maximum and resting beats-per-minute count.
To ensure full understanding,let’s set an example; say John Doe is a strapping young man with ages standing at 30 years old.Is this guy pumped? Let’s see…well,his minimum target zone in terms of his condition can be determined using the following formula:
((220 – 30)-100) .60 + 100 = 142 bpm
(Let’s keep those brains fired up here guys even if math may not have been our favorite subject)
The interpretation according to this calculation will mean for optimal exercising results aiming towards around 140-ish beats-per-minute mark working out best (race-day playlist sorted)
Similarly,this article isn’t prescribing anything but staying within similar frame-rates when exploring such exercise habits usually heralds better benefits(your body just likes it)!Though we all know an unmotivated Monday morning can lead to a languid loss of will,even when it comes to getting out and moving.
Checking the Intensity Zone RPMs
Such calculations bring us closer to peeling back more on this goal; determining your ideal range that helps you obtain optimal exercise stresses(ha! Talking about stress in exercise..) with little chance of injury. With the proper workout gears from our favorite store,(any guesses?), we can now easily check what percentage of maximum BPMs we’re performing at using tracking devices such as fitness watches or apps like Fitbit or Googlefit.(P.S if Santa is real—I am hoping for one under my tree!).
Tracking zones where heartbeats clock into categories such as warm-ups,fat burners,aerobic exercises,vigorously intense ones becomes a breeze.
But remember,to ensure full accuracy double-check whether you’ve entered your age accurately (let’s take some responsibility for mistakes begone typos)-doing so guarantees reliable results because not all bodies work the same way(just like how there are individuals who find celery enjoyable (who in their right minds???)).
So there you have it folks – the mechanics behind finding out the intensity levels during workouts through understanding maximum heartbeat rates. Try working out regularly,record levels initially and see what works best for yourself while having fun -you’ll ultimately get over feeling like you’re doing a science experiment on yourself! (Anybody need volunteers?)
Bonus: Isn’t discovering weird cool terms hilarious? Like why say ‘I hear ya’ when instead nowadays people go by saying ‘UWU’…if that doesn’t max up your bpm then rest assure nothing else will!
Happy Midweek parties,gym-goers !