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2/26/13 6:15 P

The company is probably using the Karvonen Heart Rate Formula and other equations:

Target Heart Rate = ((max HR − resting HR) %Intensity) + resting HR example

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2/26/13 6:15 P

Yup, go ahead and work out hard! :)

Those calories you burn in glycogen (the non-fat energy source) are replaced later from ... stored fat!!

So you're burning fat, whether directly through exercise or later through repleneshing the glycogen stores.

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2/26/13 5:32 P


It's not a myth that one burns more fat a lower intensity workout--in fact you're burning more fat just sitting in front of the computer. HOWEVER, it isn't the type of fuel one utilizes but the amount of calories one burns that does. The higher the intensity of the workouts the more calories one burns. Know too, that whenever you start a new workout routine it is not unusual for your heart rate to be higher--as long as you are not experiencing symptoms such as dizziness or chest pain, it's OK to push the intensity. As your body begins to adapt to that form of exercise, you will discover that you must go faster (on increased intensity) to achieve the same heart rate as you did when you first started. This is what we call the principle of specificity.

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

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2/26/13 5:12 P

Ignore the "fat burning zone." What matters isn't what percentage of fat you burn, rather the total amount of calories you burn over time. Challenge yourself each time you get on the treadmill, use intervals, etc, and ignore those zones. The idea that you need to keep your heart rate down to burn fat is based on misleading science.

Treadmills are not fitness experts. ;)

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2/26/13 4:57 P

I have a question and wanted to see who could help me out.. I joined a health club at my local park district. I am actually enjoying my workout on the treadmill. But, the treadmill advises me that when I put in my weight and age that my heart rate should not be more than 142. I have been walking/jogging and can't get my heart rate that low. Usually I'm at about 165-190 heart rate. I heard that if I want to burn FAT, I need to stay in my heart rate zone. But, if I do, I don't sweat, and the workout feels soooo much better when I'm sweating. What should I do??? I powerwalk/jog for 1 hour about 5 times a week.

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