What is the optimal heart rate during physical exercises?

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The most common calcluation for optimal heart rate during exercise is as follows:

  1. Subtract your age in years from the number 220.  So if you are 20, this number is 200.  This gives you your maximum heart rate.
  2. The optimal heart rate for exercise is somewhere between 50% and 80%...

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The most common calcluation for optimal heart rate during exercise is as follows:

  1. Subtract your age in years from the number 220.  So if you are 20, this number is 200.  This gives you your maximum heart rate.
  2. The optimal heart rate for exercise is somewhere between 50% and 80% of the maximum heart rate.  So for a 20 year old, it would be somewhere from 100 to 160 beats per minute.

Of course, this is a wide range -- the optimal rate for a particular individual will depend on his or her level of fitness.

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