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Using a Heart Rate Monitor


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Using a Heart Rate Monitor • Buying a Heart Rate Monitor

electrocardiogram - heart beat Basically, a heart rate monitor enables you to keep track of how hard your heart is working during exercise.  A chest transmitter, using moistened electrodes, measures the electrocardiogram (ECG) signal from your heart.  This signal is then transmitted to and displayed on a wrist monitor, which looks like a typical wristwatch.  In face, the electrocardiogram device used by medical personnel performs similar functions to a fitness style heart rate monitor, but it measures the electrical impulses of the heart in a more sophisticated manner.

Reaching Your Fitness Goals

In order to reach your fitness goals, the first step is determining your maximum heart rate.  How do you do this?  By subtracting your age from 220.  If you are 40 years old your maximum heart rate is 220-40, or 180.  Once you know your maximum heart rate, you can then determine where your heart rate range should be in order to achieve your goals.  These can be programmed into your heart rate monitor, which will alert you via signal if you fall below or go above them.

As a rule of thumb, beginners who wish to increase fitness or lose weight should exercise at 50 to 60 percent of their maximum heart rate.  Regular exercisers who want to lose body fat should exercise at 60 to 70 percent of their maximum heart rate.  People who wish to improve their aerobic fitness should exercise at 70 to 80 percent of their maximum heart rate, while competitive athletes who need to add interval sessions may need to exercise at 80 to 90 percent of their maximum heart rate.

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