What should our maximum heart rate be during exercise?

You have your runners on, your FitBit is charged, but now what?
Determining an optimal heart rate for exercise depends on your exercise goal, age and current fitness level. But exercising at a maximal heart rate (HRmax) for every exercise session will not produce efficient fitness results. These high intensities can rarely be sustained, negating the potential benefit of the exercise.
  • The calculation to determine your maximum heart rate;
  • Is exercising at your maximum rate unsafe?
  • What about exercise intensity?
  • What is the best exercise for heart rate?
Written by Angela Spence who is a senior lecturer in exercise physiology and Carly Brade is a lecturer at the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science at Curtin University. This article originally appeared on The Conversation.