- Children (ages 6 - 15) 70 – 100 beats per minute
- Adults (age 18 and over) 60 – 100 beats per minute
- Below 60 beats/min- Bradycardia
- Above 100 beats/min- Tachycardia
What is maximum heart rate?The maximum heart rate is the highest heart rate achieved during maximal exercise. One simple method to calculate the predicted maximum heart rate is
220 – Age in years = predicted maximum heart rate per minute
Example: a 40-year-old's predicted maximum heart rate is 180 beats/minute.
What is target heart rate?
- One must exercise in the target heart rate zone to derive maximum benefit; no less no more. This is usually, between 60 to 80 percent of maximum heart rate. Beginner is advised to start exercising within 50% of maximum heart rate.
- It is not recommended to exercise above 85 percent of your maximum heart rate. Intensity at that level increases both cardiovascular and orthopedic risk with minimal, additional health-related benefit from the exercise.
- Always check with health care provider before starting an exercise program. Health care provider can help to find a program and target heart rate zone that matches the need, goals and physical condition.
- When beginning an exercise program, one may need to gradually build up to a level that is within the target heart rate zone. If the exercise feels too hard, slow down.
- To find out if your are exercising in your target zone (between 60 and 80 percent of your maximum heart rate), stop exercising and check your 10-second pulse. If your pulse is below your target zone, increase your rate of exercise. If your pulse is above your target zone, decrease your rate of exercise.
|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|