# How To Find Your Exercise Heart Rate

In order to get the maximum benefits out of aerobic exercise, you need to be sure you are within your target heart range for the duration of the workout.  Here is how you find that range and also how to make sure you stay in that range.

1. Subtract your age from 220 (women should subtract from 226).  This is a general guideline for a person with a resting heart range of 70-85 beats per minute.  The number that you get is your maximum heart rate in beats per minute.

2. Find 70% and 80% of your maximum heart rate to get your optimal target heart range.  For all of you who aren't sure about the math, multiply your maximum heart rate number by 0.7.  That number is 70% of your maximum heart rate and is on the lower end of the target heart range.  Now multiply your maximum heart rate by 0.8 to find 80% of your maximum heart rate for the upper end of the target heart range.

3. Divide your numbers by 6.  This makes it an easy reference when taking your pulse during the workout.  You can count your heartbeats for 10 seconds and then check your chart to be sure those numbers match (your heartbeats in 10 seconds x 6 = heartbeats per minute).  That way you do not have to stop your workout for an entire minute to count your heart rate.