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Date Posted: 15:43:51 06/17/03 Tue
Author: Coli
Subject: Re: What percentage should I be at when i take my pulse when exercising?
In reply to: Sherri 's message, "What percentage should I be at when i take my pulse when exercising?" on 15:02:58 06/17/03 Tue

The harder you workout, the more calories you burn, BUT you also are not buring as much fat if you are much over 70%. Between 55% and 70% is where you burn the most fat, which for most of us is the whole reason we're working out. If I got down to a reasonable proportion of fat on my body, I would be very pleased...LOL :)

So when you workout at a heart rate of more than 70% you are still burning fat, just not as much, which means you are burning some muscle...Over 85% is not good for your heart, in general.

Keep in mind that the posters at your Curves are AVERAGES for people in your age range and you might have a higher or lower resting heart rate that would skew your % ranges accordingly. You can do a search online for "resting heart rate" and it will help you find what yours is and then you can find a target heart rate calendar with the same sort of search to find your ideal range. They will probably give you the number of beats per minute, so just divide by 6 and commit that range to memory so you know what you are at when you are working out.

Does that help at all??
Coli

>I am 40 and according to the pulse chart, i should be
>no more than 85% when i take my pulse? Now, if I am
>over that, does this mean I am not getting a good work
>out or does it mean I am working too hard? I have
>read the book and its very confusing to me. If i work
>at only 70%, i don't feel like i am getting anything
>out of it. Can someone please explain it to me? Thanks.

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