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Exercise heart rates for 26 year olds

Light to Moderate Exercise

The target pulse rate zone for a 26 year old male to burn fat during light to moderate exercise is 97 to 134 beats per minute1. 26 year old females working out to loose weight should exercise between 92 and 126 bpm. This exercise range corresponds to 50% to 69% of the maximum target rate for your age.

Moderate to Intense Exercise

The American Heart Association recommends hard exercise up to 85% of your maximum heart rate1. The target zone during intense exercise (70% to 85% of maximum heart rate) ranges from 136 to 165 beats per minute for a 26 year old male and between 128 and 156 for females.

Maximum Heart Rate

Maximum heart rate is the upper threshold that your cardiovascular system can sustain during physical exertion. This rate decreases with age. The maximum heart rate for males (HRmax) can be estimated using the Karvonen method as 220 minus your age. So for 26 year old men, the maximum rate is approximately 194 beats per minute. A modified HRmax formula specific to women has been developed as 206 minus 88 percent of your age2. This method results in a 183 beats per minute maximum pulse for a 26 year old female. See also: Resting heart rates for 26 year olds



Exercise heart training zones chart for 26 year old men
% Max Exercise Pulse
90-100% Maximum
Maximize Performance
175-194 bpm
80-89% Hard (Anaerobic Zone)
Maximize Performance & Improve Fitness
155-173 bpm
70-79% Moderate (Aerobic Zone)
Improve Fitness
136-153 bpm
60-69% Light (Recovery Zone)
Weight Loss & Improve Fitness
116-134 bpm
50-59% Very Light
Weight Loss
97-114 bpm
Exercise heart training zones chart for 26 year old women
% Max Exercise Pulse
90-100% Maximum
Maximize Performance
165-183 bpm
80-89% Hard (Anaerobic Zone)
Maximize Performance & Improve Fitness
146-163 bpm
70-79% Moderate (Aerobic Zone)
Improve Fitness
128-145 bpm
60-69% Light (Recovery Zone)
Weight Loss & Improve Fitness
110-126 bpm
50-59% Very Light
Weight Loss
92-108 bpm


Source Citations
  1. American Heart Association Target Heart Rates
  2. Martha Gulati, MD et al., Circulation Heart Rate Response to Exercise Stress Testing in Asymptomatic Women


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