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Health Tip: Know Your Heart's Limits

August 1, 2005-- Posted at 3:20 PM CDT

(HealthDayNews) -- Make monitoring your heart rate an integral part of your workout routine. It's a safer, more effective way to exercise, according to the American College of Sports Medicine.

Here's how to calculate your heart rate range:

  • Estimate your maximum heart rate by subtracting your age from 220.
  • Determine your lower-limit exercise heart rate: multiply your maximum heart rate by 0.6.
  • Calculate your upper-limit exercise heart rate: multiply your maximum heart rate by 0.9.

For most people, working out at the lower end of the heart rate range for a longer time is better than exercising at the higher end for a shorter period.

 -- Felicity Stone

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