Target Heart Rate for burning fat
What is the best formula to find your target zone to burn fat? I've come across three.
1) (226 - age in years) is your maximum heart rate. To burn fat, you should be at 75% of that plus or minus 10 beats per minute.
2) (220 - age in years) is your maximum heart rate. To burn fat, you should be between 60% and 75% of that maximum.
3) Stay within the range of (180 - age in years) and (180 - 2 x age in years).
When I applied this to myself, I get a range of 139-159 using the first formula. I get a range of 116-145 using the second formula. And I get a range of 126-153. That leaves an overlap range of 139-145. I use a heart rate program on the treadmill to keep me at 145 but I'm wondering which formula is more accurate cause I want to be sure I'm in that fat burning zone.
Another thing I noticed after using the treadmill heart rate monitor is that to keep my heart rate at 145, I can't jog. I have to power walk. Up until now, I always thought I should jog to burn calories but according to the treadmill, I was working too hard. Is this normal? Is power walking better? It just doesn't feel like I'm working that hard which is why I have a hard time believing I'm burning fat. I sweat, but not buckets.
Can anyone recommend a good and widely accepted formula for calculating one's target zone? Thanks.<p>[This message has been edited by someguyinhis20s (edited 06-25-2002).]