Heart Rate Zones and Weight Loss


Your heart rate is the number of times your heart beats in a specific amount of time. The “beats per minute” method of measuring is referred to as BPM. Heart rate can vary due to medical conditions, such as arrhythmia. However, in normal conditions, these variations are due to exercise. When a person is doing exercise, heart rate is increased.

Resting Heart Rate

It is the number of beats per minute during resting. Normal resting heart rate is between 60 to 80 BPM. At this rate, the person is lying down, but is not a sleep.

Target Heart Rate

This is the maximum heart rate for a person. This measure is individual and it is based on age, fitness, gender, weight and other factors.

The following formula is being used to calculate the target heart rate for a person:

220 minus your age = predicted maximum heart rate

Heart rate is related to weight loss. When a person begins an exercise program, their heart rate is adapted, and after a certain period of time this heart rate is stabilized. More oxygen is getting by the cells and metabolism is increased. As a consequence, fat and carbohydrates burned. If you want to start a weight loss program, you should know your target heart rate and your physical condition should be checked before starting a specific exercise program.


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