Heart Rate Monitor

Heart Rate Monitor FAQs
How does heart rate relate to fitness?
Blood carries oxygen to your muscles, which need that oxygen in order to perform. An efficiently beating heart delivers oxygen to the blood more effectively than an unhealthy heart. As a result, oxygen consumption is closely related to heart rate, particularly when exercise intensity increases.


Why do I have a different maximum heart rate for different sports?
This is because you use distinct muscles groups for varying lengths of time at different intensities. Your maximum heart rate will generally be higher when employing more muscles for shorter periods with more force. A sprinter might have a higher heart rate following a 400-meter race, for instance, than a distance runner after a 2-mile race.


How does a heart rate monitor work?
Either a wireless chest strap or a finger-activated pulse monitor on your wrist detects your pulse electronically and sends that data to a wristwatch-style receiver, which displays your heart rate.


One of the secrets to optimal fitness isn't just the amount of exercise you get. It's the intensity level of that exercise-not too high, not too low. A heart rate monitor (HRM) is a useful tool to find this "sweet spot" of heart beats per minute.
You can use a heart rate monitor to follow your cardiovascular ups and downs during recreational or competitive activity. All but the most basic models are designed to help you stay in your optimal heart rate target zone through your entire workout. Many models let you further analyze data via your computer.


Who Can Benefit from a Heart Rate Monitor?
Casual joggers and walkers: Recreational exercisers can benefit from heart rate monitors in the same way as elite athletes do. By aiming for fat burning and aerobic target zones on your HRM, you can ensure that you get more out of your exercise time than you would get from a typical stroll around the block.
Runners: A heart rate monitor helps you run in your peak target zone on intense training days and keeps you at your aerobic base during easier sessions. Some HRMs can also alert you when you're dehydrating or are reaching a nutritional deficit.
Cyclists: Strap on a heart rate monitor to track your training performance during endurance, tempo and interval rides, whether you bike a road, trail or stationary trainer. Some models deliver more feedback via a cadence sensor or foot pod.
Hikers, climbers and skiers: On the way up, use a heart rate monitor to condition more effectively for a peak ascent. On the ride down, skiers can track their thrills while carving through powder.
Weight-loss participants: Heart rate monitors help with regular exercise and a sustainable dietary regimen, the cornerstones of any successful weight-loss program. Most models display calories burned during a workout; many can help you target your exercise for maximum fat-burning efficiency.
Injury-rehabilitation patients: Real-time feedback makes HRMs valuable for physicians and their patients recovering from an injury or an illness, including a cardiac incident. Such data can help ensure that your gradual return to full strength and endurance proceeds safely and steadily. Its lightweight, unobtrusive design makes a heart rate monitor easy to wear during normal activities as well as during exercise.


Types of Heart Rate Monitors
All heart rate monitors work by measuring electrical signals from the heart and displaying them on the unit's data center. This data is intended to help ensure that your training regimen is not too easy or too intense, but just right for maximum effectiveness.
There are 2 main types of heart rate monitors:


Chest Strap Models
By far the most common style, these consist of 2 components: a chest strap that fastens around the chest and wirelessly transmits continuous heart rate data to a wristwatch-style receiver.
Models range from basic to advanced.

  • Basic models: These time your workout and give you continuous, average, high and low heart rate data. Advanced models: Many of these submit a coded signal to prevent other HRMs from interfering with your data. They can be partnered with a foot pod that attaches to the laces of your shoe to track your speed, distance and cadence. It could have GPS (Global Positioning System) receiver capabilities to help you mark and find locations, give elevation and use previous courses to compete against your prior workouts.

Finger Sensor Models
These consist only of a wristwatch-style monitor. Simply touch a finger to the unit's touch-pad sensor to activate the heart rate monitor. Finger sensor data is estimated to be 95% accurate. .


Understanding Heart Rate Target Zones
A tremendous benefit to using a heart rate monitor is that it helps you maintain the optimal heart rate target zone for your specific goal. In effect, the HRM is your pacer, telling you when to speed up or slow down. Higher-end models inform you via a digital display and/or an audible tone when you are above or below your desired zone.

Exercising in the right heart rate zone will help you optimize your performance. A fat-burning goal may require 40 to 80 minutes in one zone, for example, while an aerobic conditioning workout might mean 10 to 40 minutes in another.

The target zone is a percentage range based on your maximum heart rate (HRmax). Various algorithms have been developed to calculate a HRmax estimate, but the simplest of these is:

HRmax = 220 - your age.


Bringing your maximum heart rate to different aerobic zones provides specific results:

Endurance (60%-70%): Considered ideal for endurance and weight-loss programs. Develops cardiovascular and muscular efficiency. The body learns to use stored fat as fuel. Aerobic (70%-80%): Ideal for overall cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and weight management. The body burns mostly fat and carbohydrates in this zone. Anaerobic (80%-90%): Used for interval workouts or consistent speed. At this zone, your breathing will be heavy and your muscles tired. Enhances lung capacity and increases lactate tolerance.VO2 Max (90%-100%): Helps enhance speed in athletes (who exercise at this level only for short periods as muscles quickly go into oxygen debt). Exercising in this zone can strengthen your fast-twitch muscles and increase your speed.

Find out more at the store about various monitors in the market.


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