Target Heart Rate Calculator

About target heart rate calculator

The Target Heart Rate Calculator calculates the ranges of Target Heart Rate. The Target Heart Rate is a desired range of heart rate reached during aerobic exercise, which allows the heart and lungs to get the most benefit from the workout. Target Heart Rate is the best heart rate to burn calories. This theoretic range varies and is based mostly on age. Below are two different target heart rate calculators to calculate the Target Heart Rate.

Simple target heart rate calculator

All you need is to enter your age into the Simple Target Heart Rate Calculator. It is based on the most common formula. According to this method Maximum Heart Rate is 220 - Age; Target Heart Rate is between 65% and 85% of Maximum Heart Rate.

Your Age (16 yrs - 99 yrs):
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Target heart rate calculator using Karvonen Formula

This Target Heart Rate Calculator is based on Karvonen Formula. The Karvonen method takes into account the Resting Heart Rate to calculate Target Heart Rate, using the range from 50% to 85% of intensity. In this way calculation result is more correct.

Your Age (16 yrs - 99 yrs):
Your Resting Heart Rate: ** Take your pulse for one minute when you wake up in the morning or after you have been resting for some time (your resting heart rate is normally between 60 and 100 beats per minute).
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To guarantee that these calculations are completely correct, it is essential to derive an accurate Maximum Heart Rate. Today there are several different methods to determine Maximum Heart Rate. For example, there exist method by Dr. Martha Gulati, method by Londeree and Moeschberger, method by Miller, etc. For our Target heart rate calculator based on Karvonen Formula, we chose the method of USA researchers (Jackson et al). These researchers came to the conclusion that this method is more accurate and reflects better the relationship between age and maximum heart rate.