Wondering how learning your heart rate zones can help you burn fat?
Cardio Heart Rates & Fat Loss
What should your heart rate be when exercising and how can you track it? Knowing this can be helpful whether you’re trying to lose weight or just want to maximize your workout.
Resting Heart Rate
Your resting heart rate is the number of times your heart beats when you’re resting and not active. Between 60 and 100bpm is a regular adult resting heart rate. The lower, the better. If it is lower, it means your heart is not working as hard to maintain itself.
Finding Your Pulse or Heart Rate
There are devices such as FitBit’s that will do so or many cardio equipment have heart rate monitors on them. If you don’t have access to either of those you can simply use your hand by placing it on the inside of your wrist. Use the tips of your two fingers and place them on the artery. Then, count your pulse for 30 seconds and multiply the number by 2, this is your heart rate.
Heart Rate Zones
Lower-Intensity Zone – Exercising at 50-60% of your max heart rate.
Temperate zone – Exercising at 60-70% of your max heart rate.
Aerobic zone – Exercising at 70-80% of your max heart rate.
The higher your heart rate gets, the more your body is relying on glycogen from carbohydrates for fuel. The higher your heart rate, the lass fat you burn. This is because your body does not take in as much oxygen the higher the heart rate. This means that your body can’t oxidize the fat fast enough and instead burns carbohydrates. So what is the best heart rate zone to be in strictly for fat loss? Low-Intensity Zone.
Help! My Heart Rate is Too High or Too Low
It’s first important to note that certain medication or may affect your heart rate, so speak to your doctor if you’re concerned. If your heart rate is too high you may want to slow down and lower the intensity of your workout. If it’s too low you may need to increase the intensity.