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    Heart rate

    I am starting to exercise (cardio) and I looked up the American Heart Association data to try to figure out my target heart rate while I exercise. I found this table.

    I am 56, so my top target heart rate should be 140. But at that heart rate, I feel that I am not exercising, that is just like a stroll in the park. If I walk at a brisk pace my heart rate goes up to 155, and I feel quite comfortable at that rate, not straining at all. So... what should I do? Walk real slow, so my HR does not go above 140, or keep the brisk pace? Or can I safely try and go to 165, until my body gets used to the exercise?

    Age Target HR Zone 50-85% Average Maximum Heart Rate, 100%
    20 years 100-170 beats per minute 200 beats per minute
    30 years 95-162 beats per minute 190 beats per minute
    35 years 93-157 beats per minute 185 beats per minute
    40 years 90-153 beats per minute 180 beats per minute
    45 years 88-149 beats per minute 175 beats per minute
    50 years 85-145 beats per minute 170 beats per minute
    55 years 83-140 beats per minute 165 beats per minute
    60 years 80-136 beats per minute 160 beats per minute
    65 years 78-132 beats per minute 155 beats per minute
    70 years 75-128 beats per minute 150 beats per minute
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    gnothiseauton is offline Member
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    Since the maximum for your age is listed as 165, I would think it's fine to aim for any number up to that. Perhaps your heart is younger than average.
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