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How to Use Heart Rate to Optimize Your Exercise Routine

Heartbeat monitoring could help achieve your more ambitious fitness goals

A sweaty young woman takes a break while exercising outdoors.
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WWith roughly one in five American adults regularly wearing a smartwatch or a fitness tracker, people are becoming more and more familiar with their own heart rates — a simple measure defined by the number of heartbeats per minute. When measured at

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