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Heart Rate Calculator - Recommended Healthy
Median vs Low & High Range Heart Rate!

The easy to read age vs heart rate chart below will locate your recommended target heart rate based on your age, both maximum and suggested heart rate, while exercising.

The screen area between not fast enough and too fast is your suggested target heart rate. To exercise your heart it needs to beat faster than its normal rate, but not too fast to be unsafe.

Age 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65

Top Row (a) your heart is beating too rapidly!

(a) 170 165 160 155 150 145 140 135 130 120  


(b) 120 120 115 110 110 105 100 100 100 95

Bottom Row (b) your heart is beating too slow to get much workout benefit.

An example is a 50-year old man, who's target heart rate is between 100 to 140, for a 60-year-old man, the target is 100-130 beats per minute, whereas a young 25-year old man has a higher target heart rate in the range 125-165. In other words, for a fifty year old man to get the full benefit of exercise, his heart needs to beat at least 100 times a minute, but a maximum of 140 beats per minute.

Learning how your Body Feels

There are 2 easy methods to determine if your exercise keeps you in the 'safe' and beneficial range of your target heart rate.

Begin the simple test by reading your pulse rate:

Use a watch with a second hand.

Count your heart beats before the start of your workout exercise.

As quickly as possible before and after stopping your exercise you should place one or more fingers on one side of your Adam's apple or inside your wrist near the base of your thumb, and locate your pulse. P.S. Personally, I find the right thumb placed on the left wrist area works (about 1-1/2 inches below the thumb base) best for me but you may prefer a different pulse reading method.

Count your pulse beats for 15-seconds. Multiply that result by six to arrive at your per-minute heart rate. For example, 20-beats in 10-seconds equals a heart rate of 120 beats per minute. It' also possible to test other time variables such as 25 ticks in 15 seconds multiplied by four, which equals a rate of 100 beats a minute.

Keep in mind, longer duration testing may result in somewhat less accurate (slower) end-result as your heart will normally slow down when at rest. However, shorter testing (i.e. 6-seconds times 10) as suggested by many exercise gurus will likely result in less accurate results due to beat count/timing variables involving a very short heart rate test.

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