If your goal is to lose weight, you might be interested to figure out your fat burning zone.
Your fat burning zone is reached when your heart rate is 55-70% of your maximum heart rate and is the zone in which your burn the most calories from fat.
How to calculate your fat burning zone:
Subtract your age from 220.
So if you are 28, this equals 192.
This gives you your estimated maximum heart rate (MHR).
As your target heart rate for burning fat is 55-70% of your maximum heart rate, you should multiply you MHR 0.55 to get your lower level threshold and by 0.70 to get your upper level threshold.
So, for a 28 year old:
192 x 0.55 = 105
192 x 0.70 = 134
This means my fat burning zone is between 105 – 134 beats per minute.
Once you know your fat burning zone, you can adjust the intensity of your workout to ensure you stay within those limits.
You can measure your pulse rate quickly and easily by entering to win a Pulse Oximeter over on my main blog here.