Measuring your target heart rate (THR) is a concrete, numbers-don’t-lie way to sneak a peek inside your body to find out what exercise intensity is right for you. Figuring out your target heart rate can give you a clearer sense of how hard you should push yourself to improve your health and fitness.
How Fit Are You?
Most of us have marveled at the speed of elite athletes—cyclists, sprinters, swimmers—but what we’re really admiring is their VO2 max—the best indicators of aerobic fitness. It’s what enables them to go so far so fast.
You may have heard the U.S. Surgeon General’s recommendation to take at least 10,000 steps a day. If you were asked today, would you know how many steps you’ve taken? Getting closer to that 10,000 steps a day goal is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your health.