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Target Heart Rate Calculator

Your target heart rate is the range at which sustained physical activity—running, cycling, swimming laps, or any other aerobic exercise—is considered safe and effective. It is a percentage of what your maximum heart rate should be. The more fit you are, the higher the percentage can go. This calculator uses the age-based method to determine your target heart rate.

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This calculator is not intended to replace the evaluation of a health care professional.

Publication Source: Heart rate as an indicator of the intensity of physical activity in human adolescents. Ekelund, U. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2001;85:244-9.
Publication Source: Textbook of Natural Medicine. Pizzorno, Joseph. 1999;2nd ed:204.
Author: Lambert, J.G. M.D.
Online Source: CDChttp://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/measuring/heartrate.html
Online Source: American Heart Associationhttp://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/PreventionTreatmentofHighBloodPressure/Physical-Activity-and-Blood-Pressure_UCM_301882_Article.jsp
Online Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institutehttp://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/phy_active.pdf
Online Editor: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Medical Reviewer: newMentor board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Online Medical Reviewer: Ziegler, Olivia Walton, MS, PA-C
Date Last Reviewed: 4/30/2013
Date Last Modified: 5/28/2013