10 Reasons for Heart Rate Monitor Training

In yesterday’s normal resting heart rate article, we discussed the average heart rate, how it’s measured, and what it means.

It’s simple enough: Wake up, take your pulse, and you’re done. But, what about tracking your active heart rate while you’re exercising. Depending on what type of movements you’re performing and how many hands you have, it may not be as easy to simply count your pulse beats while watching a clock.

That’s where heart rate monitors come in, and below are 10 reasons you should use one.

10 Reasons for Heart Rate Monitor Training

  1. Though no method or device is 100 percent accurate all the time, a good heart rate monitor will provide consistent and reliable results.
  2. You don’t have to stop mid-workout to use the traditional “count the pulses” method. Just glance at your monitor and the information is right there.
  3. You can train in different “zones” and intensities, without having to estimate if you’re staying on track.
  4. Seeing your heart rate can provide motivation and make you feel like you are really working hard.
  5. It will alert you if your mind wanders to the nearby TV or radio and remind you to pick it back up!
  6. By keeping you “in the know,” a monitor will allow you to get in and out of the gym with more efficient, well-defined workouts.
  7. If you see your BPM’s (beats per minute) are higher than they should be for too long, you can slow down to prevent over-working yourself and causing any damage.
  8. The results allow you to increase or decrease your performance with each workout by accurate and tangible increments.
  9. At the end of your workout, most monitors show you your stats for the day: average heart rate, elapsed time, calories burned, etc.
  10. Using a heart rate monitor makes your workouts more fun!

If you’re not completely sold on the idea just yet, at least borrow one from a friend to try out. Then, if you do decide to buy one, be sure to get a quality product, because many of the cheaper brands and models are virtually useless.

From personal experience, though they may be a little more cumbersome, the ones with the chest straps provide the best results.

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  • Thanks for sharing! I Really enjoyed these valuable reasons to use a heart rate monitor. I really enjoy the heart rate monitors that don’t get in the way of your routine and allow you to analyze the data by transferring the info to a PC. Once I started using a heart rate monitor during my routine, I’ve never stopped. Thanks for this cool post!

  • I have a cheap Reebock one that I got for $20 at a discounter website and I love it. The watch has some workout programing in it but I’ve never taken the time to figure it out, I just like being able to glance at it and see where I’m at. Plus with the chest strap, most exercise machines can sense the signal so that my heart rate is displayed on there too and can be calculated into the end of workout report. When I first started working out I would get naseated and light headed, once I had the monitor I saw that my heart rate was quickly getting over 180 from just moderate exercise. I slowed down for 2-3 weeks and now am able to push hard and not go over 160.

  • I use the SmartHealth watch. Has it problems, and it’s accuracy is closer than others I’ve used. Right now my heart rate is 51 with an average all day of 47. Just make sure you don’t workout over 85% of your max heart rate (220 – your age = max). My max is around 156 and I try to stay between 119 and 156 when I’m in my workout zone.