Frank Zappa once said, “There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something, we’d all love one another.”
One would think that he had something against love songs but this was really about the horrors of “backmasking” which pointed out that music can make you do things… er… in this case, Rock music in its most aggressive form. Ask Judas Priest. [BTW, Rob Halford rocks... and still is the best!]
Anyways, since we’re on the subject of “love”, the heart has always been associated with this aspect of one’s life that we often tend to intellectualize but cannot, for it is anything but logical.
However, in this day and age, with Science playing an important role in matters of fitness (Read: Cardio), one’s heart rate has become an important aspect that has been increasingly scrutinized through the use of technology such as heart monitor watches and so on and so forth.
Heart Rate Concepts
But before one learns how to use this concept, it is important that one understands heart rate basics. The definition of “heart rate” is the number of heart beats per second, and which is also the times per minute that the heart contracts. The heart beat rate can be measured by finding the pulse on one’s body.
The next term is the “resting heart rate” (also known as Resting HR) which is the number of beats per minute when you are at rest, and is an indicator of your basic fitness level.
And with these two definitions out of the way that aren’t when one is in a state of exercise, the next two have to be taken into consideration when one is exercising.
Maximum heart rate (Max HR) is the most number of times your heart can beat in a minute, and is used as a threshold that one shouldn’t cross when exercising. Normally, this is calculated using formulas that have been devised separately for both men and women.
Now during exercise, it is obvious that one’s heart rate increases, and in using the value calculated (Max HR), one should be sure that they do not cross that specified threshold.
Finally, the average heart beat that is usually calculated during a period of exercise by either taking one’s pulse manually or by using an exercise heart rate monitor.
Heart Rate Chart
Now while there are several charts that provide the threshold that one shouldn’t cross, there are some charts (also known as the Target Zone) that provide the threshold in order to exercise safely.
Here’s the first chart that shows what kind of exercise one must perform based on his condition and what his or her average heart rate should (in respect to the Max HR). Here’s the link to the page that describes this chart.
The second one is a bit more detailed with numbers of the target heart rate (Target HR) according to one’s age that one must achieve if they have to stay within safe limits. Here’s the link to the page that contains this chart.
And even though Zappa did rule out the possibility of love songs making us love each other more, listening to some of these can definitely put you in the mood for romance.