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How to Find Your "Target Heart Rate"

Cardiovascular Training - Using Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE)
 

RPE is a simple and effective method of monitoring your heart rate. It is a useful tool for monitoring the perceived level of muscular, cardiovascular and psychological fatigue. Whether used with or without a heart rate monitor, the RPE offers a correlation between your perception or “intuition” of your physical and mental output, and your actual heart rate.
 

Setting up an RPE during a workout

This simple RPE scale goes from 1 to 10—1 being a very weak (easy) effort, and 10 being maximum effort.  The RPE scale can easily be used in correlation with the Heart Rate Training Zones.

Traveling Workout - A Template to Follow

Just finished my morning workout and it was a blast in every way.  I hit a ridge trail overlooking both the Pacific and the San Francisco Bay -- simply gorgeous!  I did a 5 mile run that was laced with exercises like lunges, hill lunges, half-tuck hill squats, push ups, etc.  I was basically "freestyling it" and doing what ever felt right at the moment. 
 
If you are up for creating your own Traveling Workout, you can use this template below to get started. 
 
Happy Trails! 
~Tina
 

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