What happens to your heart when you exercise? Your heart speeds up to pump extra food and oxygen to the muscles. Breathing speeds up to get more oxygen and to get rid of more carbon dioxide. When a fit person, such as an athlete, exercises the pulse rate, breathing rate and lactic acid levels rise much less than they do in an unfit person.

Maximum heart rate
Working at maximum heart rate is best avoided as this places a lot of stress on your heart and encourages you to tire quickly. So make sure to slow down if your heart rate is nearing maximum.

What Is Your Target Heart Rate?
Mathematically it is the range between 60 and 80 percent of your maximum heart rate.
To estimate your MHR, subtract your age from 220. Then multiply your MHR by 0.6 for the lower end of your target heart rate zone and by 0.8 for the upper end. For example, if you’re 40, aim for 108 to 144 beats per minute.
Depending on your medical history, this might be altered so be sure to discuss it with your doctor if you have any health concerns at all.

So how does your heart rate impact your ability to lose weight?
Working out within your target heart rate is the most effective way to help you lose weight, you need to keep your heart rate in the  60 to 80 percent of the zone.

What are the Benefits of Knowing Your Target Heart Rate?
Guaranteed optimal calorie and fat burning during your workouts.
Optimal fitness and performance improvement.
Less stress to your heart

Resting pulse
The average person has a resting pulse rate of between 70 and 75 beats per minute. Fit people who get lots of aerobic exercise having resting pulse rates in the 50s and 60s. Some professional athletes have resting pulse rates as low as the upper 30s. On the other side, unfit people have resting pulse rates of 80, 90 or more beats per minute. So check your resting pulse and see where you fit. If your resting pulse rate is 80 to 90 you should consult your GP.

Time to get your hear pumping, see you in the studio.