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- Heart rate monitors are a tool for exercisers who need to stay in a specific heart rate to be safe due to a medical condition and professional athletes who need to use the data for efficient training.
- A heart rate monitor may not be necessary for those of us who are simply exercising for fun and for better health, but it can be a great tool for all kinds of exercisers. It helps new exercisers to set their limits from the start, and to monitor progress. Even if you only use it in the beginning, it can be of great help in learning how your body feels at any given heart rate. This will let you be able to become a better judge of your body’s tolerance when it comes to high-intensity activities.
- A heart rate monitor helps new exercisers to set their limits from the beginning, and to monitor progress.
For competitive athletes:
Heart rate monitors can be helpful for gauging hydration levels, glycogen stores, recovery, race pace, fatigue, and training goals over time, using their heart rate information.
A good thing about the heart rate monitors is that they are compatible with all the devices. You would not have to convert from Android to Apple or vice versa in order to utilize it.
A heart rate monitor consists of two parts:
“A transmitter, which is usually attached to a belt worn around the chest, and a receiver, worn on the wrist like a watch.” While most heart rate monitors only show the heart rate at any given time, a lot of heart rate monitors nowadays not only show the heart rate, but can also be set to record time, calculate average heart rate and maximum heart rate, and sound an alarm when you reach a certain heart rate zone.
An electrical signal is transmitted through the heart muscle as the heart beats, which makes it contract. Any time, any place. This signal is picked up by the transmitter of the heart rate monitor through the skin. Then, the transmitter sends an electromagnetic signal to the receiver, which then displays the heart rate data. This can work as an excellent indicator of the cardiovascular fitness.
How much should you spend?
The inexpensive ones can be a basic chest strap that can be paired with smartphone apps, and the more high end ones are usually featured with GPS and built-in optical heart rate sensors.
How much you spend depends on the features that you want, and how serious you are in monitoring your heart rate levels.
What type should you get?
- “Do you want something that will be compatible with your smartphone or an app?”
- Do you want something that is going to give you high levels of convenience, comfort, or accuracy?
- Do you need or want to see your heart rate in real time?
These are just some of the questions you should ask yourself before anything else.