Are Heart Rate Monitors The Cure For Growing Waist Lines?
With obesity rates in America reaching 66% for adults, many people are struggling to figure out how to get rid of their excess weight. Many turn to dieting and exercise, but is it truly prudent for an already overweight individual to exercise. It is according to Wayne Lance of www.myheartratemonitorwatch.com.
According to Lance, “There is a safe way and a not so safe way to exercise”. Of course, one should always check with their doctor, but it is quite possible to establish a good exercise program by paying attention to your heart rate. That’s because your heart rate is an indication of how physically stressed your body is.
When you maintain a heart rate in the safe zones, you are more likely to have less problems than if you were to exercise too hard for your current fitness level. An easy zone for most people to get started with is somewhere between 60-65% of your age adjusted max heart rate. Age adjust max heart rate is figured out by taking 220 and subtracting your age. Thus, a 40 year old would have an age adjusted heart rate of 180 (220 minus 40). Multiply this by .60 and .65 to find your safe heart rate training zone.
For most athletes, or people who are currently fit, this might seem like a very easy training zone. And it is, but for a beginner with little history of exercise, this is the perfect zone to build their level of fitness. As their fitness levels improve, these beginners can move on to more challenging training zones.
Not only is this heart rate zone a good approach for a beginner, this heart rate zone also allows the exerciser to burn more fat calories, says Lance. “The fact is, when you exercise at more moderate levels, your body is actually using a greater percentage of fat as its fuel source.” While it’s important to burn calories, it’s also important to burn fat calories instead of purely glucose.
As people get more and more fit, they can exercise for longer periods of time, thus maximizing their calories burned. The key to this type of training is to monitor your heart rate while you exercise. This is where the heart rate monitor can be used to ensure that you consistently train safely and in the right zone for burning fat.
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