What Is a Normal Heart Rate While Exercising?


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Normal and target heart rates while exercising are based on a person's age and should reach 50 to 85 percent of the recommended maximum heart rate. Individuals 20 years of age should strive for 100 to 170 beats per minute, as recommended by the American Heart Association.

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Individuals between 30 and 34 should strive for 95 to 162 beats per minute when exercising, whereas the 85 percent range for individuals 35 to 39 should is 157 beats per minute. The target heart rate during exercise decreases as people age; 75 to 128 beats per minute is recommended for individuals in their 70s.

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