They say that each person’s heartbeat is like a fingerprint, unique specifically to them. These heartbeats add up quite quickly when you’re working out, with each unique thump getting progressively faster and faster as you increase intensity.
That heartbeat can actually tell you quite a bit about your workout. Gyms around the country have embraced heart rate as the founding principle upon which their workouts are based, with colorful screens lighting up otherwise dim studios, displaying heart rates of every person in the class to promote competition and make sure you’re working out to your potential.
When it comes to your heart rate, there are certain zones that denote the level of intensity at which you are currently working. Each zone has a specific purpose and benefits, and they are all useful in their own ways. Certain types of training require certain heart rate zones, while others may have you cruising in one zone the entire time.
Depending on your height, weight, gender, and fitness levels, these zones are as unique to as you as your very own heartbeat. And by training in certain zones, you can achieve your goals- whatever you are working towards. If you want to run a marathon, for example, th moderate zone is probably what you’ll spend the majority of your time in. If you want to improve your sprint speed, the maximum zone is where it’s at.
With this basic understanding, you can use your heart rate to your advantage and work towards accomplishing your goals. Plus, it’s just fun to check out those numbers sometimes. #nerd