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How to Determine Your Max Heart Rate

Having more knowledge about your heart rate is a great way to monitor overall health and condition. The American Heart Association recommends these simple techniques for learning your max and resting heart rate.

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  • The best time to check your heart rate is in the morning, after a good night’s sleep and before you get out of bed. The average ranges should be 60-100 BPM for children over 10 and most adults, and 40-60 BPM for well-trained athletes.
  • Beginners should exercise with a target heart rate of 50-75% of their max heart rate. If you have experience training heavily, you can work out at 70 to 85% of your maximum heart rate.
  • When your heart rate is too fast, it’s called tachycardia. For adults, this is generally defined as a heart rate of over 100 beats per minute. Tachycardia can be dangerous depending on its underlying causes.
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