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Heart Rate Monitors
Heart Rate Monitors for Exercise
Monitoring your heart rate is a good way to keep track of how hard you are exercising.
Your heart rate is the same as your pulse - the number of times your heart beats each minute.
Heart rate monitors are a good and convenient method for measuring it.
When you do cardiovascular exercise
you should give your heart a good workout, but without
over doing it.
Resting Heart Rate
The number of times your heart beats when you are sitting still is your resting heart rate.
It is usually between 60 and 90 times a minute for most people.
Many things can cause some people's to be different though.
One of them is how fit you are. People who are more fit tend to have a lower resting heart rate.
Also, stress, various medications and genetics can change your resting heart rate.
Target Heart Rate Zone
To exercise your heart in a way that helps your heart get healthier it is important to exercise
within your target zone.
You can calculate your target zone by first subtracting your age from the number 226.
This gives you your maximum heart rate. Then multiple that number by .5 - this is the lower end of your
target zone. Then take that first number and multiple it by .85 - this is the higher end of your
Here's an example for a 38 year old woman: 226-38 = 188 (maximum heart rate)
188 x .5 = 94
188 x .85 = 159.8
The target zone for this person is then between 94 and 159 beats per minute.
Heart Rate Monitors
Heart rate monitors are a very accurate way to keep track of your heart rate.
Some brands and models have features such as timers and alarms.
Some related articles about heart rate monitors are:
How Accurate are Heart Rate Monitors?
How Do Heart Rate Monitors Work?
How to Choose a Heart Rate Monitor.
Heart Rate Monitors Comparison.
Top Heart Rate Monitors
Inexpensive Heart Rate Monitors
Strapless Heart Rate Monitors
Swimming and Heart Rate Monitors
Reviews of Heart Rate Monitors
Polar Heart Rate Monitors
Ekho Heart Rate Monitors
(This article is for general information purposes only and is not intended
as a substitute for professional medical care.)