Think Of Your Heart As A Muscle That Needs Regular Exercise
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The heart is a muscle, and by exercising regularly, it will become more efficient - "stronger". A fit heart can pump more blood in fewer strokes (beats). Your resting heart rate will decrease as you get into shape. Your average heart rate will also improve for a given activity, making it seem easier to perform.
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Having a hard time exercising in your target heart rate zone? Maybe you need to check your resting heart rate! If you are getting regular cardio, your resting heart rate will decrease. Since your target heart rate is based on your resting heart rate, it's important to periodically check your resting heart rate and adjust your target heart rate as your resting heart rate decreases.
Use a heart monitor when exercising. There is a target heart rate that helps to burn fat. A heart monitor will beep if you need to increase your effort or if you need to slow down so that you can keep your heart rate in the fat burning zone. It's the best piece of exercise equipment you can buy.
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