: This tool is not applicable to children. The maximum heart rate in healthy children is about 200 beats per minute. According to the American Heart Association, there is no need to limit healthy children to lower heart rates.
ENTERING YOUR INFORMATION
During exercise, you want to increase your heart rate to strengthen your heart without over stressing it. According to the American Heart Association, you should keep your heart rate between 50 - 85% of your maximum heart rate. To get your maximum heart rate, subtract your age from 220.
Use our Target Heart Rate Calculator to find the safe heart rate for people your age during exercise. If you're just starting an exercise program, aim for the low end of this range. If you’ve been exercising for a while, you can aim for a higher target rate.
Enter your age in the space provided.
More About This Tool
You're sweating through another aerobic workout, and you're wondering whether you're overdoing it or not working hard enough. Pacing yourself is extremely important to maximizing the benefits of exercise. What's the right pace for you?
One way of finding the right pace is to monitor how fast your heart is pumping during your workout. According to the American Heart Association, the safest and most effective pace of exercise is one that keeps your heart pumping at a speed between 50% and 75% of your maximum heart rate. Fill in the information below and we'll calculate the range of target heart rates that may be best for you during exercise.
Review Date: 6/9/2006 Reviewed By: Alan Greene, M.D., F.A.A.P., Department of Pediatrics, Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford University School of Medicine; Chief Medical Officer, A.D.A.M., Inc.