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Exercise heart rates for 68 year olds

Light to Moderate Exercise

The target pulse rate zone for a 68 year old male to burn fat during light to moderate exercise is 76 to 105 beats per minute1. 68 year old females working out to loose weight should exercise between 73 and 101 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 106 to 129 beats per minute for a 68 year old male and between 102 and 124 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 68 year old men, the maximum rate is approximately 152 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 146 beats per minute maximum pulse for a 68 year old female. See also: Resting heart rates for 68 year olds



Exercise heart training zones chart for 68 year old men
% Max Exercise Pulse
90-100% Maximum
Maximize Performance
137-152 bpm
80-89% Hard (Anaerobic Zone)
Maximize Performance & Improve Fitness
122-135 bpm
70-79% Moderate (Aerobic Zone)
Improve Fitness
106-120 bpm
60-69% Light (Recovery Zone)
Weight Loss & Improve Fitness
91-105 bpm
50-59% Very Light
Weight Loss
76-90 bpm
Exercise heart training zones chart for 68 year old women
% Max Exercise Pulse
90-100% Maximum
Maximize Performance
132-146 bpm
80-89% Hard (Anaerobic Zone)
Maximize Performance & Improve Fitness
117-130 bpm
70-79% Moderate (Aerobic Zone)
Improve Fitness
102-115 bpm
60-69% Light (Recovery Zone)
Weight Loss & Improve Fitness
88-101 bpm
50-59% Very Light
Weight Loss
73-86 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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