Does Knowing Your Heartbeat Throughout a Workout Matter

 

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What is my target heart rate?

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Is it IMPORTANT to know your HEART RATE during a WORKOUT? Why? Heart Rate Zones and Exercise.

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Do You Have a Maximum Heart Rate?

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Does Knowing Your Heart Rate During a Workout Matter? It’s unlikely you’re going to go up to your friends and tell them how you’ve hit 85% of your max heart rate for 12 minutes. If you do, they will probably look at you like you are crazy. Sure, it’s important THAT it is beating, but does how fast it beats during exercise matter?

Now that you know your heart rate, you might assume that to get the best workout you should always strive to be in the upper range, going hard. Not so. Exercising at or near your maximum heart rate can actually be risky because of the stress it puts on your heart. More is not necessarily better.

In general, the higher your heart rate during physical activity, the higher the exercise intensity. Perceived exertion may not always be similar to your heart rate level, and it depends on the individual. But it can be a general guide to measure your exertion level. If you think you’re working hard, your heart rate is probably higher than usual. The overreaction to these problems has taken the form of proposing that heart-rate training doesn’t matter when it comes to measuring exercise intensity, especially with the rise in popularity of high-intensity interval training, where the directive is a.

Making sure our heart rate is monitored, at least in 5-minute increments during cardio exercise, will not only indicate if one is exercising hard enough but it will also tell if one is over-exerting themselves. There is a detriment to both scenarios, and the latter can be quite dangerous. Monitoring heart rate is quite easy as well.

Running or biking aren’t really necessary unless you want to develop those skills. Exercising with your heart rate in mind can give you the freedom to exercise at a solid pace without wearing yourself out. Measuring Heart Rate on the Fly.

You may be sold on the importance of measuring your heart rate, but gaining that knowledge is a bit difficult. A: Depending on your exercise goals, there may be specific benefits to working out at a particular time of day. Exercising in the morning may be associated with. Your heart rate, or pulse, is measured in beats per minute (bpm). During cardio exercise such as running, your heart rate increases.

Your heart rate. Even if you’re not a gym rat or elite athlete, knowing your heart rate (or pulse) can help you track your health and fitness level. First Things First: Resting Heart Rate Your resting heart rate is the number of times your heart beats per minute when you’re at rest. A person’s maximum is genetically determined, NOT a matter of fitness and not related to your resting heart rate. A good gauge is to work at a level that talking is somewhat difficult but not impossible, or if you know your maxium heart rate about 70-85% of your maxiimum.

You should be able to maintain that heart rate for a period of time.

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More objectively, you can use your heart rate to gauge activity level.

“Exercise Is Medicine: How Physical Activity Boosts Health and Slows Aging” by Judy Foreman
from Exercise Is Medicine: How Physical Activity Boosts Health and Slows Aging
by Judy Foreman
Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 2020

Nor do they necessarily even give you an accurate picture, as many factors besides the workout itself—such as heat, diet, and stress, to name just a few—may affect heart rate.

“The Cyclist's Training Bible” by Joe Friel
from The Cyclist’s Training Bible
by Joe Friel
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If you are gauging the success of your workout by your ability to run at a specific heart rate—or within a small heart rate range—and that heart rate is difficult to achieve because of fatigue, you may just push yourself harder to achieve the heart rate number you want to see.

“Training Essentials for Ultrarunning: How to Train Smarter, Race Faster, and Maximize Your Ultramarathon Performance” by Jason Koop, Jim Rutberg
from Training Essentials for Ultrarunning: How to Train Smarter, Race Faster, and Maximize Your Ultramarathon Performance
by Jason Koop, Jim Rutberg
VeloPress, 2016

Once you know what level of RPE you need to maximize your cardio workout, you won’t have to keep checking your heart rate, and you can focus on the rhythm you have created or on the music, TV, DVD, or other interesting (attractive) people in the gym.

“The Life Plan: How Any Man Can Achieve Lasting Health, Great Sex, and a Stronger, Leaner Body” by Jeffry S. Life
from The Life Plan: How Any Man Can Achieve Lasting Health, Great Sex, and a Stronger, Leaner Body
by Jeffry S. Life
Atria Books, 2011

Perhaps even more important than heart rate, but much harder to measure is cardiac output in response to exercise.

“The Science of Fitness: Power, Performance, and Endurance” by Greg LeMond, Mark Hom
from The Science of Fitness: Power, Performance, and Endurance
by Greg LeMond, Mark Hom
Elsevier Science, 2014

First, because the technology makes it easy to track your heart rate, you no longer need to focus on how far you’ve jogged or how fast you’re going; you simply monitor your heart rate, which is the best indicator of an effective workout.

“Persuasive Technology: Using Computers to Change What We Think and Do” by B.J. Fogg, G. E. Fogg, Books24x7, Inc, Engineering Information Inc, Stuart Card, Jonathan Grudin, Jakob Nielsen, Mark Linton, Tim Skelly
from Persuasive Technology: Using Computers to Change What We Think and Do
by B.J. Fogg, G. E. Fogg, et. al.
Kaufmann, 2003

In time, you won’t need to check your heart rate because you’ll know how it feels to be in the training zone (perceived exertion).

“Fitness cycling” by Brian J. Sharkey, Steven E. Gaskill
from Fitness cycling
by Brian J. Sharkey, Steven E. Gaskill
Human Kinetics, 2013

The value of any training information is greatly enhanced if there is additional information from the heart rate data measured during exercise.

“Lore of Running” by Timothy Noakes
from Lore of Running
by Timothy Noakes
Human Kinetics, 2003

Prescribing workouts by heart rate is not a perfect science, but it’s valuable and useful to measure your heart rate while you work out, if not as a target, then at least as a reference point and accountability tool.

“The Body Fat Solution: Five Principles for Burning Fat, Building Lean Muscle, Ending Emotional Eating, and Maintaining Your Perfect Weight” by Tom Venuto
from The Body Fat Solution: Five Principles for Burning Fat, Building Lean Muscle, Ending Emotional Eating, and Maintaining Your Perfect Weight
by Tom Venuto
Penguin Publishing Group, 2009

It can be difficult to count your pulse during activities such as jogging, but you can get a good estimate of your heart rate during a physical activity by determining your heart rate immediately after exercising.

“Health Opportunities Through Physical Education” by Corbin, Charles B, McConnell, Karen, Le Masurier, Guy, Corbin, David, Farrar, Terri
from Health Opportunities Through Physical Education
by Corbin, Charles B, McConnell, Karen, et. al.
Human Kinetics, 2014

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  • once had heart palpitations at night and anxiety. couldn’t sleep and there was a clock ticking. was at like 140 bpm for a good 1hour

  • My Max hearts rate is 190 right out of the shower but I have POTS so go figure hahaha. My heart freaks out the minute I stand. I’m at 80 feasting and about 115 to 120 standing. Portal orthostatic tachycardia syndrome is alot more common then you know and can happen after a trauma to the body (including giving birth) or because of genetic reasons.

  • Whenever I run my heart gets up to 180bpm, sometimes even higher than that. I didn’t know it was too high, I thought I was just working hard. And I’m only 20:/.

  • Now that you mention heartbeat.. Do human and generally animals have average finite numbers of lifetime heartbeats before they die?

  • Yeah, that “maximum heart rate” thing always confused me, because when I was 20 it calculated to 200 bpm, but when I exercised hard, it sometimes measured as high as 240 bpm, so I didn’t see how 200 could be my maximum heart rate if I’d recorded it beating faster than that. It worried me a bit, so I got a heart rate monitor to figure it out and noticed my ranges were:
    up to 140 little to no perceptible effort
    140-160 light effort
    160-180 medium effort
    180-200 intense effort
    I tried not to push myself beyond that point, because after reaching about 205 bpm, my heart rate would jump straight to about 240. At 240, I had to stop exerting myself, because what you said about the heart not beating efficiently at that point was true. At 240 I’d start to feel really light-headed and tired. It felt like I wasn’t getting sufficient oxygen.

  • 33yr stoped once for 5 min and my normal beat per minute sit around 40-55 sometimes below one time i closed scale on my heart rate sensor it was scaled to 25 😉 i was born with bradycardia i dont have peacemaker yet thoo…..

  • Hey scishow can you make opposite video about how slow heart can beat i was born with bradycardia condition which makes my heart beat slower then normal human but doctor warned me there are some consequences when it reach some breakpoint and i am curious where it sits thx in advance

  • I’m a healthy 25 year old woman with a heart disease, I take a low dose of blood pressure meds in the morning but even at 11 pm, running, my heart beat can only get up to 120 max….

  • I have a question that I’m hoping someone here will be able to answer. In gym class, our teacher makes us wear these fitness bands to track our heart rate throughout the period. We are actually graded based on if we spend enough time with our heart rate in a certain range. Normally this is at least 30 minutes above 140 bpm.

    My question is if this is actually an effective way of measuring how much effort someone is putting into a workout or how intensive or beneficial a workout is, or is it more of a “pseudoscience”?

  • I’m 28 and start to pass out around 180-190. Goes along with the HR vs BP inverse relationship. Then again mine is from anxiety rather than exercise. Maybe there’s significance there too? Not sure.

  • What’s the slowest a heart can beat? I wake up and check mine on a pretty regular basis and it sits between 44-52 bpm. Could it go lower with some good cardio exercise each day?

  • Your generic calculation does not work in the real world. In am 55 and exercise regularly. My max heart rate is 192. Based on your calc this makes me 220 -192 = 28, which I am not. My resting heart rate is 56 so it’s not that I am unfit. I think making generalisations is not helpful. Take it easy…��

  • Hmm… That piece about not letting my heart rate get too high is pretty relevant for me. (My heart rate likes to shoot up close to 300 during what should be a moderate workout, yay broken genetics) So, how do I account for my heart not filling with blood?

  • i have high boodpresure and i take medicine every day. My heart rate when i am on the bike for 12 mins is 180. And i think my bloodpresure is 200 when i exercise. I have done 3 ultrasounds on my heart and it was all normal and also i did many ekg and they are normal i also did 48 h ekg and it was normal. I have in the past for no reasons felt my heart rate rising to 150 or 140, like if i get panic attacks, This happend when i was sitting in chair, these attacks happend a lot of times during a 3 month period. Then i did all the investigation for my heart ( described before) and it is all normal, But i am afraid to train or exercise because my heart reaches 180 beats per minute. I take bloodpresure medicine called enalapril and logimat 10 mg both. I am 26 years old and 174 cm and my weight is 109kg i am fat.

  • I’ve always found the measurements to be a tad off, but a good estimates for what my heart rate normally does. Which I suppose is kind of the point, it’s an average baseline. For those curious, I’m 29, male, and while sprinting, I’ve been able to push about 212bpm.

  • My bpm is about 1-2. To compensate, my heart beats REALLY hard. Doctors say I should work out less, or soon I will reach the pinnacle of fitness, namely a bpm of 0.

  • hello I ask you when should I figure my heart rate because when I figure it sometimes I find it 48 per minuts and it varry to be 50 and sometimes it getting slow to be 46!!!!!!

  • Well it can go 300 bpm if you go into V-tach or SVT, but I think they were asking about the maximum rate for a physiological response to exercise. (220-Age is a pretty good estimate). You really don’t have to worry about your heart beating too fast to fill unless you have a heart disorder.

  • Damn, I have got pretty damn close at 220. I do not recommend trying to just up your heart rate to the max as it is a very bad idea and honestly kind of hurts… actually it hurts a lot how I did it, but it is scary how close to the lower limit of Max BPM I got, I mean it is 20 off.

  • I once had a heart rate of almost 300 beats per minute. I almost died. I spent 8 days in the hospital as doctors tried to keep it down. They said if it kept up, my heart would have ended up just giving up. It was like my heart was running a marathon continuously, non stop. There’s only so long it can do that.