Aerobic training is any activity that requires an increase in
oxygen intake. It is also referred to as cardiovascular training.
These activities improve heart capacity to strengthen the lungs
and heart. Defined as any movement that continuously works the
same large muscle group for a time period of 20 minutes or longer
at 60-80% of maximum heart rate.
Max Heart Rate / Resting Heart Rate / Target Heart Rate
Maximum Heart Rate (MHR) is the maximum amount of contractions
by the heart within one minute. To determine an estimate of
MHR just take 220 and subtract your age. You also can take a
max heart rate test to determine a more precise number.
Resting Heart Rate (RHR) is defined as the amount of
beats per minute at rest. The best way to determine this calculation
is to take your pulse immediately upon wake up and before you
get out of bed
Target Heart Rate (THR)is the percentage of workload
by the heart for desired results from training. For aerobic
training, the target heart rate should be between 60 and 80
percent. The standard method for calculating desired THR is
the Karvonen formula.
((MHR-RHR)*desired %)+Resting HR.=Heart Rate
1. Determine Max Heart Rate. (220-age)
2. Determine Resting Heart Rate
2. MHR minus RHR=
3. Multiply by % desired (e.g. 60% use .60)
4. Add RHR
5. This will give you half of a desired range. To get
the other side of a heart rate range repeat with another
percentage. (E.g. 80% use .80)
Using a treadmill is not the only method of getting
aerobic exercise into you regiment. Not everyone enjoys the same
method . Below you will find some more examples to for you to
-Various exercise classes
-Anything with continuous movement
Choose an exercise method that you enjoy. There is a better chance
of success if the activity is one that you enjoy and can maintain.
Consistency is the most important factor in improving your chances
Aerobic exercise provides the human body with many benefits.
Below are some of the top benefits that can be achieved through
-Improves Cardiovascular System
-Blood Oxygen level Increases
-Raises Basal Metabolic Rate
-Increases fat burning ability
-Reduces Bad Cholesterol
-Decreases blood pressure
-Improves Muscle Tone
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