heart rate monitor

A heart rate monitor is a little gadget used to measure your rate rate. It usually usually attaches to your chest while continuously measuring your heart rate during workouts. Data is relayed to a receiver and typically provides feedback when you go outside your targeted heart rate zone.

Heart rate monitors are a great tool for runners to:

  • Measure the effectiveness of a workout
  • Help ensure they aren’t overexerting themselves
  • Stay in their target range of performance
  • Directly access their heart rate
  • Measure their exertion level

Who should use a heart rate monitor?

Anyone who wants to improve their health and wellness can benefit from using a heart rate monitor. The most important part of using a heart rate monitor is knowing how to use the information they collect. Exercise has very different effects on the body depending on the intensity of the activity, how high you push your heart rate and for how long.

Training intelligently will help you use the heart rate data to guide your workouts. You might want to engage in a low intensity activity to keep your heart rate relatively low to burn fat or pace yourself for a longer workout, whereas other times you want to push it higher to build stamina.

Heart rate monitors are also useful to monitor your resting heart rate. Most monitors will automatically record it for you.

Heart Rate Monitor have evolved from a gadget that attached to your chest to apps and software in wearables like the Fitbit and Apple Watch.

Chest strap or optical technology?

The chest strap uses an electrical pulse to read the heart rate. Optical technology is used in many Fitbit devices, the Apple Watch, and other wrist-based activity trackers. It’s also commonly used for in-ear measurements (sports headphones that read heart rate).

Heart rate monitor features

Heart rate monitors offer several features. They types of features you need will depend on the kind of workouts you perform and your types of statistics you want to record.

Some features to consider when buying a heart rate monitor:

  • Heart rate rest test
  • Heart rate
  • Titanium case
  • Fitness rest
  • Visual alarm
  • Audible alarm
  • Timer
  • Minimum heart rate of each lap
  • Maximum heart rate of each lap
  • Exercise date
  • Lap info
  • Settings for two users
  • Altitude and ascent
  • Odometer
  • Total mileage
  • Total kilocalorie’s
  • Distance based interval timer
  • Wheel size setting for two bicycles
  • Temperature
  • BMI calculator
  • Water resistance
  • Backlight
  • User Replaceable battery