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# When should you start monitoring your pulse with a cardiovascular workout?

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To measure heart rate during exercise, pause at the level of maximum intensity, find the heart rate, and count the number of beats for 15 seconds, according to the American Heart Association. Multiply this number by four for the maximum heart rate. Repeat the procedure several times during a workout.

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Target heart rate can be estimated by first subtracting age from the number 220, according to Mayo Clinic. A 45-year-old person has a maximum heart rate of 175. Multiply that number (175) by 0.7 to 0.85 to calculate a target heart rate, which in this case, is 123 to 149 beats per minute.

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To find the resting heart rate, locate the pulse and count the beats for 60 seconds. The best places to feel the pulse are on the wrist, inside of the elbow, at the side of the neck and on the top of the foot, according to the American Heart Association.

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According to the equation provided by HPMC Occupational Medical Services, the target heart rate during aerobic exercise for a 49-year-old adult should be between 111 and 145 beats per minute. At this rate, the heart works at 65 to 85 percent of its maximum capacity.