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Friday, March 7, 2014
Exercise and Fitness
Target heart rate to lose fat on beta blocker
I am a 56 year old female. I am taking Atenolol 50mg and lisinopril 20mg. I started exercising at Curves for Women. What should my heart rate be to lose fat since I`m on a beta blocker? The owner said that being on a beta blocker decreases the regular heart rate, therefore, I should find out what the heart rate needs to be to lose fat. Their charts for someone not taking a beta blocker is 102 through 126 heart rate to lost fat.
It is true that beta blockers do decrease exercise and maximal heart rates. Due to the fact that you are on a medication that alters your heart rate, ideally your cardiologist should determine your exercise heart rate. However, a very sound and practical method of determining one`s exertion level is the Borg Rating of Perceived Exertion Scale. Clients use this scale as a subjective way of determining how hard they are exercising.
Carolyn Nickol, RD, MEd
Fitness Center at CARE\Crawley
University of Cincinnati