Lester Sombito, PhD via Ashley Heinrich
Many of us wear Fitbits or other fitness trackers. Some of us see a more drastic difference in our resting HR and our max HR when we are participating in the same exercise. Why would this be? What other factors go into this calculation?
The differences between individual’s resting heart rate and maximum heart rate when participating in the same exercise can be due to many factors. A few of those factors can be age, fitness level, stress level, and the intensity at which the workouts are being performed. Despite the differences, a person’s heart rate is an indicator of how hard their heart is working. Aerobic workouts (utilizing oxygen) focus on improving one’s cardiorespiratory system (cardiovascular and respiratory system) so that the body can efficiently utilize oxygen.
During aerobic exercise, checking one’s heart rate against their maximum heart rate (formula = 220 - age) will give the individual an indication of the level of intensity at which they are working out. This intensity level will indicate whether they are in the “fat-burning...more