How Hard Should You Really Be Working Out?

A smiling woman on the treadmill at the gymIf you want to shed fat, you have burn calories. The fastest way to do that?

Work out at an optimal training heart rate.

But how do you figure out which target heart rate is the right rate for you?

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According to Mayo Clinic, one of the best ways to gauge your exercise intensity is to see how hard your heart is beating during exercise. To use this method, you first have to figure out your maximum heart rate, which is the upper limit of what your cardiovascular system can handle during physical activity.

The basic way to calculate your maximum heart rate is to take 220 minus your age. For example, if you’re 45 years old, subtract 45 from 220, to get a maximum heart rate of 175. This is the maximum number of times your heart should beat per a minute while you’re exercising.