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
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.