Heart Rate Monitor Guide


Heart Monitors are great for gauging how much effort you are using in your workout. Although you may feel that you are doing vigorous exercise without a heart rate monitor, you may not be able to monitor yourself safely to know whether you are over-exerting or exercising as effectively as possible. Working out too much and too hard is not a good idea; you may think the harder you work out, the faster your results. But this is not true in all cases. You want to monitor your heart because it’s recommended to reach a specific target heart rate when working out at particular intensity levels. A heart rate monitor is a great investment to help you make sure you are doing your exercises at the optimal level.

Dozens of new products are coming on the market every year, promising effective heart rate monitoring. How do you know what is going to work well for your needs? There are many options, so knowing the best products for you may not be easy.

The principle of how a heart rate monitor works is similar for all heart rate monitors. They all provide immediate feedback on how hard you’re working out; some are more accurate than others. You can adjust some HRM to get a better result and gain the greatest benefits from your exercise routines. With HRM monitors, you will see what heart rate zone you are in, and you will be able to adjust your workout regime to achieve your target heart rate zone. According to the CDC or the Center for Disease Control, to exercise at a moderate intensity, you want to be 50-70% of your normal heart rate.

  • 50 percent level: 170 x 0.50 = 85 beats per minute (bpm)
  • 70 percent level: 170 x 0.70 = 119 bpm
  • If you want to exercise at an intensive rate, 70 percent to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate will suffice.

Heart Rate Monitors have many features that can be helpful during your workout. Most models will give you an average heart rate. This includes the high and low of your target heart rate reached during physical activity. There are basic models that offer three target zones. Advanced models can have three to six target zones. Within the ability to target different zone, you can adjust the types of workouts, such as; endurance, strength, or aerobic.

Sport countdown watch. You may want a model that offers you a countdown timer feature. Stopwatch and time/lap: This will help you track your miles and laps with marked distance.

Time in heart rate zone: Tracks the time you spend exercising within a target zone.

Heart Rate Recovery Mode: Getting your recovery heart rate can be helpful as well. This feature tracks the time for your heart to return to a normal zone. This will give you insight into the level of cardiovascular fitness, especially when you are doing interval or sprint training.

Calorie Counting: This feature estimates the number of calories you burn during your workout. This is helpful within weight loss programs.

Monitor Your Speed and Distance: This calculates the speed and distance covered within a workout. These usually are a little expensive as it has typically done with a GPS server for outdoor usage, as well as as food pod.

Connect to your PC: If you are tracking and want to store your data for download, many HRM allow you to upload that data through UBS or wirelessly so that you keep it on another device.

  • Encoded Transmission: Some higher-end models will include encrypted transmissions from your chest strap to prevent crosstalk, especially if you are using a wireless HRM