What to Look For in a Heart-Rate Monitor?

What to Look For in a Heart-Rate Monitor?

Since there’s no reason to wear two watches on your wrist, a good heart-rate monitor (HRM) should have all the features of a sports watch plus its unique functions to monitor your heart rate.

Below you can check what are the most useful HRM functions you should consider when buying a HRM.

1 COMFORTABLE AND UNIQUELY CODED HEART-RATE BELT

HRMs read your heart through a belt that sits around your chest, so it’s important to make sure that the belt is going to be comfortable and not rub or chafe. It should also have a unique electronic code that’s matched to the wrist piece, so, when you’re out exercising, the monitor doesn’t pick up someone else’s readings.

2 CURRENT HEART-RATE FUNCTION
Using a Heart-Rate Monitor
A good heart-rate monitor should have all the features of a sports watch plus its unique functions to monitor your heart rate.

This function tells you what your heart rate is at the time and is important when trying to run in a particular zone.

3 AVERAGE HEART-RATE FUNCTION

This calculates the average heart rate over a training session and is helpful when trying to gauge actual fitness.

4 MAXIMUM HEART-RATE FUNCTION

This function simply records the highest heart rate over the course of a session.

5 PROGRAMMABLE HEART-RATE TRAINING ZONE ALARM

This is a highly useful function that allows you to programme the desired range for a training session and, if you drop below or go above that, it beeps to let you know you’re out of the zone.

6 HRM-PC CONNECTION

Another desirable function is the ability to download the recorded data onto a computer. This is useful because it allows you keep a record of your sessions and measure your improvement.

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Written by Kyra Williams

Kyra Williams likes to say in a joke that she preferred running to walking already as a child. Regular running has always been part of her life and she has joined several running events. She loves long runs with her loyal playful companion Vicky, Brittany Spaniel, in the early morning or in the evening.

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