Jogging leads to a noticeable increase in your heart rate.
Whether you cool off in the summer by swimming laps in the pool, enjoy riding your bike or favor squaring off against a friend in a game of tennis, your body reacts accordingly. Among the changes you'll likely notice are an increase in your breathing and heart rates, which you can often feel within a few minutes of starting the activity. The average heart rate that people experience while exercising varies based on several factors, including age and the exercise they choose.
Exercises Cause Different Rates
The exercise you perform plays a significant role in determining your heart rate. Your heart doesn't beat nearly as quickly when you exercise at a moderate pace compared to when you exercise vigorously. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, exercises such as water aerobics, walking and ballroom dancing are moderate-intensity exercises and will raise your heart rate. Swimming laps, jumping rope, aerobic dancing and jogging are among the forms of vigorous exercise that will lead to a further elevated heart rate.
Don't Rely on a Friend's Results
If you and a workout partner are performing the same exercise at the same intensity, your hearts aren't necessarily beating at the same rate. Your age also dictates exactly how much your heart rate increases when you begin to exercise. Moderate exercise causes an increase in your heart rate to a range between 50 and 70 percent of your maximum heart rate, while vigorous exercise leads to your heart beating at 70 to 85 percent of its maximum, according to the CDC.
Your Ever-Changing Max
Your maximum heart rate constantly decreases as you age, and can be found by using the basic formula of 220 minus your age. A 25-year-old person, notes the American Heart Association, has a maximum heart rate of 195 beats per minute; a 55-year-old person, however, has a max of 165 beats per minute. The 25-year-old person should experience a heart rate between 98 and 137 beats per minute while performing moderate activities such as water aerobics and walking. The same person's heart should beat between 137 and 166 beats per minute upon engaging in a vigorous form of exercise such as swimming laps or jumping rope.
Check Your Own Rate
It's easy to determine you desired heart rate during exercise. Figure out your maximum heart rate, then multiply that number by 0.5 and 0.7 to determine your heart rate range during moderate activities. To determine your heart rate range during vigorous exercise, multiply your maximum heart rate by 0.7 and 0.85. Some factors, including an excessively large body or hot weather, can cause your heart to beat faster than average.