Heart Rate Monitor Chart
One way to measure exercise intensity is with heart rate, which is measured in beats per minute (bpm). Your estimated maximum heart rate is determined by your age. Based on your maximum heart rate, you can determine the intensity of your exercise.
These numbers should serve as guidelines for measuring intensity, and provide an indicator of how hard you should be exercising. Those beginning an exercise program for the first time should aim for more moderate intensity levels, and should increase gradually over time. Target heart rate zones are recommended for individuals without health problems. Individuals taking medication that alter heart rate should consult their physician for recommended exercise intensity.
Remember, your estimated heart rate intensity level is just that – an estimate. If you feel like you’re exercising too hard, you probably are. If you feel like you could be pushing yourself harder, you probably could. Use these numbers as guidelines, and listen to your body to get the best results.
Moderate Intensity: 70% – 80%
Medium / High Intensity: 80% – 90%
High / Maximum Intensity: 90% – 100%