Maximum Heart Rate Formula
If you've ever tried to look up the formula for calculating maximum heart rate, I'm sure you discovered there are a host of different formulas available. After much research, here are the two I decided on:
|MHR Formulas Used By Calculator|
|Women||206 - (0.88 * age)|
|Men||205.8 - (0.685 * age)|
How to Check Your Heart Rate.
If you don't have a heart rate monitor handy, you can measure your heart rate by pressing your index and middle fingers against your neck -- on either side of your windpipe -- and then counting the number of pulses you feel within 1-minute.
Note that a common shortcut to keeping track of your heart rate while exercising or performing a strenuous activity is to count the number of heartbeats that occur in ten-seconds, and then use mental math to multiply that result by 6 (number of ten-second periods in one minute).
For example, if you count 22 beats in ten seconds, your heart rate would be 132 beats per minute (20 x 6 = 120 plus 2 x 6 = 12).