Newbie here, I mostly run 5 km laps and started training to get to 10 km a week ago. I got myself a HRM and was trying to figure out my maximum heart rate. Most people seem to use the 220 - age formulla and I am 32 years old:
220 - 32 years = 188 bpm
So my max heart rate would be 188 bpm. I went running with my new HRM today for the first time and sprinted uphil just to see how my heart rate would jump. On a 4 km lap I got an avarage of 160 bpm with a maximum of 196 bpm when sprinting uphil.
Is it important that my real maximum heart rate goes over the theoretical 188 bpm? Should I adjust my maximum heart rate (and the heart rate zones) to 196 bpm or is it best to keep it like this?
Edited by siggin, 04 July 2014 - 12:24 PM.