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Exercise heart rates for 50 year olds

Light to Moderate Exercise

The target pulse rate zone for a 50 year old male to burn fat during light to moderate exercise is 85 to 117 beats per minute1. 50 year old females working out to loose weight should exercise between 81 and 112 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 119 to 144 beats per minute for a 50 year old male and between 113 and 138 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 50 year old men, the maximum rate is approximately 170 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 162 beats per minute maximum pulse for a 50 year old female. See also: Resting heart rates for 50 year olds



Exercise heart training zones chart for 50 year old men
% Max Exercise Pulse
90-100% Maximum
Maximize Performance
153-170 bpm
80-89% Hard (Anaerobic Zone)
Maximize Performance & Improve Fitness
136-151 bpm
70-79% Moderate (Aerobic Zone)
Improve Fitness
119-134 bpm
60-69% Light (Recovery Zone)
Weight Loss & Improve Fitness
102-117 bpm
50-59% Very Light
Weight Loss
85-100 bpm
Exercise heart training zones chart for 50 year old women
% Max Exercise Pulse
90-100% Maximum
Maximize Performance
146-162 bpm
80-89% Hard (Anaerobic Zone)
Maximize Performance & Improve Fitness
130-144 bpm
70-79% Moderate (Aerobic Zone)
Improve Fitness
113-128 bpm
60-69% Light (Recovery Zone)
Weight Loss & Improve Fitness
97-112 bpm
50-59% Very Light
Weight Loss
81-96 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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