Hit Your Target

Hit Your Target (Heart Rate)

With the hunting season fast approaching it’s time to get out and make the most of your pre -hunting hikes or other cardio exercises. To do this you are going to want to hit and sustain your ideal target heart rate (THR) To determine your THR, first calculate your maximum heart rate (MHR) by subtracting your age from 220 (226 for women). For instance , if your a 37-year-old male, you MHR is 183 beats per minute (bpm)

When you exercise, your target heart rate should be between 60 and 80 percent of this number. Multiply your MHR by 0.6 and by 0.8 to find your THR exertion range. In the example of the 37-year-old male this calculates to 110-146 bpm.

Begin your hikes by walking one mile in 25 minutes for five days. After walking 10 minutes, count your pulse and adjust your speed until you hit your THR. Add distance each week and increase speed until, by week four, you’re covering two miles in 30 minutes within the target range. For the next four weeks maintain that aerobic workout.

Get out there, hit your target, break those boots in and be sure your prepared for the hunt of a life time.