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Your Target Heart Rate zone is 112 to 136
For vigorous exercise, aim for a target heart rate of 70 to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate (MHR). Your MHR (roughly calculated as 220 minus your age) is the upper limit of what your cardiovascular system can handle during physical activity.
These numbers are estimates that provide an average value. Many people have a higher or lower MHR, sometimes by as much as 15 to 20 beats per minute. Disagreement exists on how to most accurately estimate your MHR and what percentage range to target.
If you're looking for more than an estimate, consider discussing your target range with an exercise physiologist or personal trainer.
Note: Several types of medications can lower your maximum heart rate and, therefore, lower your target heart rate zone. Beta blockers, most anti-arrhythmic medications, some calcium blockers and digoxin are among the most common. In some people, H-2 blockers prescribed for acid reflux also reduce maximum heart rate. If you're taking any of these medications, ask your doctor if you need to use a lower target heart rate.
Credits: Based on Target heart rate and estimated maximum heart rate, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2007. Adapted by Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.
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