Posted by: Sasch | 2012/01/12

exercise and heart rate

Hi doc
I''m re-posting my quey because i forgot to mention something in the previous post
I recently read that in order to burn fat effectively while exercising you need to get your heart rate to about 60%-80% of it''''s optimum. The formula they gave to figure this out was: subtract your age from 220=your optimum heart rate then work out what 60-80% of that is and that is the heart rate you should try and maintain through exercise. My optimum is 190 and my % range is 114-130. The article said that if you train to such an extent that you go above this reccommended heart rate % you are in effect engaging your body''s fight or flight response and you start to burn muscle instead of fat
I use an eliptical trainer everyday (which can read your heart rate) and today I used this method for the 1st time but i found that my workout was very slow and i didnt feel tired at all. What was usually a 30min workout ending in me feeling tired and having perspired quite exessively and feeling like I''d put effort into it, ended up being an hour long, seemingly easy workout which left me feeling like I hadnt done much.
What is your opinion on all of this and what would be your advise for carrying on?

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Your fitness level is improving. You can therefore, push harder and longer to obtain a higher heart rate. Keep up the good work.


Dr Anrich

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