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Old 12-27-2009, 01:15 AM   #11
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It kind of makes me crazy that some things pop up on my regular email and some don't. I will try to remember to make my husband sit down and read a couple of these. I'm just happy that he is doing something when the weather dictates that his daily walk isn't an option. I was afraid that I'd bought an expensive clothes hanger. So I'll have him read some of your input. I, personally, hate exercise machines ... I find them incredibly boring. I'm trying, I'm trying, because there are days when getting to the gym isn't really a viable option, and walking sure as heck isn't. But he loves the gadgets, and this one is one he'll find interesting once he gets the hang of it.

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Old 12-29-2009, 03:13 PM   #12
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MHR question

Originally Posted by bigdaddy3k View Post
220-age=Maximum Heart Rate (MHR)

MHR x (a range anywhere from .60 to .80) = Target Heart Rate


220-43= 177

177x.60= 106

177x.80= 141

So a 43 year old's target heart rate would be a range of 106 to 141. This is the range of maximum benefit. The lower end gets better weight loss. The higher end has better cardiovascular benefits.

I wouldn't say going above this range is not beneficial but above this range actually saps energy from you without maximizing the added benefitial conditioning. So its more work and you get less out of it in the long run.

I work in a hospital with an extensive physical therapy department.
I remembered the 220 - age x .80, but didn't know the formula for the target 'range'. For the MHR (220 - age), are you not supposed to go above that? I'm confused on that one.


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Old 12-29-2009, 06:47 PM   #13
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A target heart/pulse rate is the cardiac rate that you want to maintain for 30 minutes for aerobic conditioning. The maxium ideal conditioning cardiac rate is generally considered to be 80% of Max heart rate (MHR).

However, if you are not in shape, or have been given the okey-dokey by your doctor to start at a higher rate, you should set your target at no more than 40% - 50% MHR until you can carry on a normal conversation while still exercising without being short of breath after 10 minutes of exercise. When you can do that then you can increase your target rate by 5% - 10% at a time.

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