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Exercise heart rates for 61 year olds

Light to Moderate Exercise

The target pulse rate zone for a 61 year old male to burn fat during light to moderate exercise is 80 to 110 beats per minute1. 61 year old females working out to loose weight should exercise between 76 and 105 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 111 to 135 beats per minute for a 61 year old male and between 107 and 129 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 61 year old men, the maximum rate is approximately 159 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 152 beats per minute maximum pulse for a 61 year old female. See also: Resting heart rates for 61 year olds



Exercise heart training zones chart for 61 year old men
% Max Exercise Pulse
90-100% Maximum
Maximize Performance
143-159 bpm
80-89% Hard (Anaerobic Zone)
Maximize Performance & Improve Fitness
127-142 bpm
70-79% Moderate (Aerobic Zone)
Improve Fitness
111-126 bpm
60-69% Light (Recovery Zone)
Weight Loss & Improve Fitness
95-110 bpm
50-59% Very Light
Weight Loss
80-94 bpm
Exercise heart training zones chart for 61 year old women
% Max Exercise Pulse
90-100% Maximum
Maximize Performance
137-152 bpm
80-89% Hard (Anaerobic Zone)
Maximize Performance & Improve Fitness
122-136 bpm
70-79% Moderate (Aerobic Zone)
Improve Fitness
107-120 bpm
60-69% Light (Recovery Zone)
Weight Loss & Improve Fitness
91-105 bpm
50-59% Very Light
Weight Loss
76-90 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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