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Heart Monitors

Timeless Fitness Tip

Monitoring your heart rate can be beneficial in helping you achieve weight loss and super body conditioning. They will tell you just how hard you are - or are not - working your heart.

Heart Rate Monitor

It is important to learn where your heart rate should be while you are doing your aerobic exercises, as too high can be detrimental and too low won't give you desired benefits. People will often over-do their workouts when they begin them and consequently become too sore and fatigued, the negative effects of doing too much, too soon. This almost always leads to problems maintaining an exercise program. Who wants to purposely suffer?

A heart monitor will register the heartbeats per minute during your exercise routine. Some have a sensor that fits worn around the chest, some are clipped on to an ear lobe and others pick up the beat through the grip your hands use on aerobic exercise machines.

If you fall into the category of one who trains regularly for optimal health, not to become athletic, a heart monitor can be especially helpful. Also, if you are at either end of the spectrum i.e., just beginning a workout routine or training for a competitive event, a monitor can be essential.

Monitor Your Heart A price on an average heart monitor will range from about $60.00 for a basic model that includes a test strap, watch/monitor and shows only the heart rate. For about 100.00 dollars you can get one that gives heart rate zone, calories burned and duration of exercise. A model called the Heart Rate Monitor Watch has a lot of the bells and whistles for minimal cost. It supplies heart rate target zone, calories used, a help feature, back lighting, a titanium case, time of day, beep signal at high and low end of target heart rate zone and will tell you when you are working at a level too high or too low.

We personally enjoy using the Omron HR-210 Strap Free Heart Rate Monitor for basic daily use - it's economical and works well, in our opinion!

Monitor Your Heart Rate on Your Own

If spending money on a heart monitor doesn't appeal to you, learn how to monitor your own heart rate with your two forefingers placed lightly against your pulse points in your neck or wrist. You can monitor your heart rate following formula: 220 minus your age will equal your maximum heart rate. You can use percentages to find your training zone.

The American College of Sports Medicine recommends working at an intensity of 60 and 80 percent of your maximum heart rate for your most efficient workout. The most common way to count the number of beats per minute is to count for 30 seconds and multiply by 2 or 15 seconds and multiplied by 4. The quickest but least accurate is 6 seconds x 10.

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