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Exercise heart rates for 71 year olds

Light to Moderate Exercise

The target pulse rate zone for a 71 year old male to burn fat during light to moderate exercise is 74 to 103 beats per minute1. 71 year old females working out to loose weight should exercise between 72 and 99 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 104 to 127 beats per minute for a 71 year old male and between 100 and 122 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 71 year old men, the maximum rate is approximately 149 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 144 beats per minute maximum pulse for a 71 year old female. See also: Resting heart rates for 71 year olds



Exercise heart training zones chart for 71 year old men
% Max Exercise Pulse
90-100% Maximum
Maximize Performance
134-149 bpm
80-89% Hard (Anaerobic Zone)
Maximize Performance & Improve Fitness
119-133 bpm
70-79% Moderate (Aerobic Zone)
Improve Fitness
104-118 bpm
60-69% Light (Recovery Zone)
Weight Loss & Improve Fitness
89-103 bpm
50-59% Very Light
Weight Loss
74-88 bpm
Exercise heart training zones chart for 71 year old women
% Max Exercise Pulse
90-100% Maximum
Maximize Performance
129-144 bpm
80-89% Hard (Anaerobic Zone)
Maximize Performance & Improve Fitness
115-128 bpm
70-79% Moderate (Aerobic Zone)
Improve Fitness
100-113 bpm
60-69% Light (Recovery Zone)
Weight Loss & Improve Fitness
86-99 bpm
50-59% Very Light
Weight Loss
72-85 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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