Before I learned more about heart rate monitors, I assumed they were just for people with heart conditions. Little did I know that they’re one of the most accurate ways to log your workout progress and ensure an optimal exercise experience. And there are so many ways to wear an HRM and seamlessly integrate it into everyday fitness. Some reasons a heart rate monitor is so important:
- Get more out of your workout. By monitoring your exercise intensity with your HRM, you can see if your workout is vigorous enough to be making a difference.
- Prevent overtraining and overexertion. Stay healthy and safe during your workout by managing high heart rates. Similarly, you can monitor your stress and anxiety levels by tracking your heart rate and adjusting your breathing accordingly.
- Hit your calorie goals. Based on your heart rate, height, and weight, your monitor and app can track exactly how many calories you’re burning with each exercise, yet another quantifiable (and accurate!) way to track progress and reach goals.
So how can you track your heart rate? There are a variety of wearable options: wrist trackers (like Fitbit and Garmin), headphones that track your pulse in your ear, the traditional belt worn around your chest, and sports bras or tank tops. Pick what works best for you, and check out these options for keeping your heart healthy and your workout at just the right intensity.
Source: Pop Sugar