WHAT IS HEART RATE TRAINING?
HEART RATE TRAINING (HR Training) is a form of training that uses the measurement of your heart through a sensor device, also known as a heart rate monitor (HR Monitor). An objective measurement of your heart rate during an exercise is an effective way to see how little or hard you heart is working. Using a heart rate monitor can help you adjust your effort so your heart rate falls within a specific “zone” or percentage of your maximum heart rate capacity.
WHY SOMEONE SHOULD DO HEART RATE TRAINING?
HR TRAINING enables you to optimize your body's ability to take in oxygen to help fuel the production of energy. It's one of the most effective ways to be sure you're working at a level that will be improve your fitness. It enables you to achieve a balanced, efficient and effective approach in reaching training goals while preventing injury and over-training. Understanding your Anaerobic Threshold (the point in which your body stops burning fat and starts burning glucose) is extremely important when trying to lose body fat.
HOW DO I DETERMINE MY HEART RATE ZONES?
NO ONE PERSON IS THE SAME. Understand what your heart rate thresholds are by taking a VO2 Max test to measure your heart's own demand of oxygen on your own body at various levels of stress. A VO2 test is usually performed on a treadmill or bike under the supervision of a medically-trained physician. Once you have your results, you'll better understand your own unique and specific ranges for each of your zones of training. This is critical, especially when considering your own personal medical history.
There's a general rule of thumb for calculating your zones of training:
220 minus your age = your maximum heart rate (MHR)