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Perceived Exertion & Target Heart Rate

Instructor-Meg Paradis

When we talk about perceived exertion, it's about how hard we feel that our body is working. Are we working at 50% effort? Are we working at 75% effort? Or are we working at that 100% effort level? Target heart rate zones should mirror how much work we are putting into that particular exercise. So, when we're working in the grey zone, blue zone, green zone, yellow zone, or red zone, the red zone is going to be that 100%, all-out effort. The green-yellow zone is going to be in that 75% effort range, and the grey/blue is going to be around that 50% zone. Figuring out and talking about what our maximum heart rate is simply by using this formula. 220 minus your age. The sum of that formula gives you an estimate of what 90% of your maximum heart rate is. So a lot of us wear watches, heart rate monitors, etc. But a lot of us just go by feel or that "perceived exertion." Listening to your body is always going to be the single best navigation system for a safe and efficient workout!

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> Worcester Fitness Quick Tip - Perceived Exertion & Target Heart Rate

When we talk about perceived exertion, it's about how hard we feel that our body is working. Are we working at 50% effort? Are we working at 75% effort? Or are we working at that 100% effort level? Target heart rate zones should mirror how much work we are putting into that particular exercise. So, when we're working in the grey zone, blue zone, green zone, yellow zone, or red zone, the red zone is going to be that 100%, all-out effort. The green-yellow zone is going to be in that 75% effort range, and the grey/blue is going to be around that 50% zone. Figuring out and talking about what our maximum heart rate is simply by using this formula. 220 minus your age. The sum of that formula gives you an estimate of what 90% of your maximum heart rate is. So a lot of us wear watches, heart rate monitors, etc. But a lot of us just go by feel or that "perceived exertion." Listening to your body is always going to be the single best navigation system for a safe and efficient workout!

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