All About Heart Rate Training

What is Heart Rate Training? Your body’s demand for oxygen rises when exercise intensifies: this means that your heart rate (which is the number of heart beats per unit of time) will increase or descrease depending on your exercise intensity. Monitoring your heart rate allows you to measure and assess just how much your body is working, giving you a greater control over your work out plans and structures. It allows you to target the necessary intensity levels you need to achieve your desired endurance, strength and speed goals – or, alternatively, you can control your intensity levels to prevent over training and promote recovery. While some devices measure heart rates, they usually use an estimate of average heart rates: it’s is important to know that heart rates are different for everyone and are key to establishing which ‘zones’ you should be training in. What is a heart rate zone? A “zone” identifies different heart rate groups that are suppose to target specific training outcomes. Below is a table of zones:   Warm Up Zone: 50% -60%  Recovery Zone – 60% to 70%             Aerobic Zone – 70% to 80%       Anaerobic Zone – 70% to 80% We warm up zoneis slow, steady, and very easy on the body. It’s meant to start your blood pumping and prepare for more intensity.Training within the recovery zonedevelops basic endurance and aerobic capacity. All easy recovery running should be completed at a maximum of 70%. Another advantage to running in this zone is that while you are happily burning fat you may lose weight and...