Target heart rate

So, I finally decided it was time to start working out again. My apartment complex has an exercise center that's actually pretty comprehensive. I was surprised, and felt a little sheepish that it's taken me this long to make use of it.

I got on the treadmill, and using my m4d d0ct0r sk1llz, figured out my target heart rate. For those of you that are curious, your maximum heart rate is 220 - age. Ideally, cardiovascular exercise should occur somewhere between 60 and 80% of your maximum heart rate. That's why stress tests aim for 85% maximum, and why a stress test that doesn't achieve at least somewhere close to 80% is worthless.

Anyway, my target HR was between 140 and 160, roughly. Well, I achieved and maintained that HR on the treadmill at the blazing speed of 3.5 MPH. I think the girl running at 7 MPH next to me must've worked pretty hard to contain her laughter. And this is why I don't go to gyms.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The girl running 7mph next to you, I'm sure, had better things to think about that how you were exercising. Don't be so self conscious!

And write or email or call once in a while....