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Doctors emphasize the benefits of exercising at target heart rate

Doctors emphasize the benefits of exercising at target heart rate

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Doctors are stressing the health benefits of exercising at a target heart rate.

According to Mayo Clinic Health System a person's target heart rate is the point in which your heart is being exercised but not overworked.

By subtracting your age from 220 a person can find their maximum heart rate. Target heart rate is typically between 65 and 85 percent of a person's maximum heart rate. 

By working out at your target heart rate, heart is strengthened, lung capacity is increased, and overall well-being improves.

Doctors at Mayo say while they recommend exercising for at least 30 minutes a day at this rate, more is often better.

"Longer and in some cases, higher level of exercises, only further prevent future cardiac events. So when individuals are able, increasing those times and intensities can be beneficial," said Mayo Clinic exercise physiologist Heidi Grafft.
 


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