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.