For adults, a healthy resting heart rate is 60 to 80 beats per minute. The general rule for calculating your maximum heart rate during exercise is:
Subtract your age from 220. The target zone is 60 to 80 percent of your maximum heart rate. This will let you know what the level of your heart rate should be during exercise to allow for best results with the least risk of injury.
Another important measurement is your heart’s recovery rate. This is how much your heart down in the first minute after you stop exercising. The quicker it slows down, the better shape your heart is in. If your heart rate doesn’t slow down at least 30 beats in 30 seconds within the first minute, you’re not in very good shape. If it slows down more than 50 beats per minute, you’re in excellent shape.
I’m Steve Taylor, Physical Therapist of Southern Physical and Occupational Therapy Services
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