Hi, I've seen a bunch of different things for cardio, different recommendations on intensity, on feel, and on % of max heart rate. Well I'm wondering how important it is to focus on a particular % when doing cardio. I can understand for older folks out there, but for a young healthy person, or just plain healthy, shouldn't it be more important on how you feel while doing the cardio?
For me I tend to do about twenty five minutes of cardio, averaging out, I shoot for hitting the point where cals at my current weight get to five hundred. I've found this a very good measure to get a consistent workout at different weights, because the lighter you are the fewer calories it counts as being burned.
Currently, I am 20 years old, 5 foot 10, and 177 lbs. When doing cardio my heart rate sticks around the 170's, but I can push myself harder and do the full time in the 180's as well, I just have to put my book down, It's an eliptical machine I use, and at this rate it feels like a good workout, but for someone who is trying to lose fat (the eternal quest, lol) would it be better to take it down a notch?
I was just hoping to get a few opinions from people who pay attention to heart rate and how much it helps or hinders their weight control. So, thanks.