It is very important to consider monitoring one’s HR for two reasons. The first reason is that the use of a HRM can help to monitor exercise intensity, thus determining the effect of exercise on the heart’s ability to provide oxygen to the muscles. This is important for those wanting to workout at a specific rate in order to accomplish reaching their goal of exercising at a specific intensity for a specific amount of time. An example of this is trying to train for 45 minutes at a 55-65% of your max heart rate (MHR) in order to reach your exercise quota for the day, which can only be done by knowing the beats per minute during the course of exercise. The second main reason for using a HRM is to monitor the spike in an individual’s HR who has a medical concern or is at risk of cardiac disease. Anyone with high blood pressure (BP) who is at risk of hypertension should be advised monitor their HR during the course of exercise in order to limit the risk of overtraining, which can result in life-threatening situations. Both of these possible scenarios affect the majority of the public, whether training for the Olympics or simply exercising to stay fit and live a healthier lifestyle, HRMs can be useful for anyone involved in physical activity.
Thanks for reading and God Bless,
Steven Waite, NSCA-CPT
(Pictures above from top to bottom: Garmin Forerunner 620 GPS Watch; Polar Loop Activity Monitor and H7 Heart Rate Transmitter)