Cowsham wrote:I'm a bit new to this and have never been into monitoring my heart but as I age I'm willing to learn a bit more --
Presuming you can measure your heart rate accurately, how does one go about measuring ones maximum heart rate?
Does it have to be done by/in the presence of doctors or can you do it yourself ?
Caveat - I have no medical training.
1. I have a Polar chest strap heart rate monitor, reputedly accurate. Going up a local hill I registered a heart rate of 183. I'm 62. So that's way over the 220-age thing. A few months later I tried the "go up a hill hard 4 times" method outlined here:
That gave me a MHR of 173. Actually I didn't get as far as four times, I was spent after three.
2. In preparation for a drugs trial a couple of years ago I had fairly thorough health testing. The consultant said - "I wish I had your blood pressure" and pronounced all aspects of my CV system very good. So I was fairly relaxed about the "four hills" method. You might not feel as confident.