The middle of the month is the time when I conduct physical assessments for my clients. It is also when I take measurements and perform a series of tests to assess how my prescribed exercise has impacted their body. I also take vitals, which include weight and blood pressure. I have a secret to share with you-I have a dual purpose of checking their blood pressure. Yes, of course of I want to screen out any potential cardiovascular disorders but I also want to acquire their target heart rate (THR). The THR is the secret sauce that I used optimize a client’s workout program
Measuring intensity can be important for your aerobic activity. The intensity (or level of demand placed on your body) should be high enough that you are benefiting from the exercise but not so high that....well...you pass out! The only accurate way to do this is to hook yourself up to expensive lab equipment and not only would it be too bulky and inconvenient to pull behind you during your morning run, it would probably clash with what you were wearing.