Why Wear a Heart Rate Monitor During Exercise?

Cardiac Health | Monday, July 8th, 2013 | No Comments

Heart rate monitors are a useful tool for getting the most out of your workout.

If you have ever used a treadmill or elliptical exercise machine, you may have noticed chrome plates on the handles. Those silver additions to the facade of your equipment are heart rate senors which detect through your palms how many beats your heart is pulsing per minute.

Those sensors are there for a good reason – heart rate matters when it comes to exercise. Heart rate monitors are relegated to the handles of treadmills. Portable units are available, many of which resemble watches or bracelets. A heart monitor can help improve your fitness by:

Helping you reach your target heart rate:
You target heart rate will vary depending on your age. For example, according to the American Heart Association, a 35-year-old has target heart rate of 93-157 beats per minutes. The target represents 50 to 85 percent of the average maximum rate of 185 beats per minute. By reaching your target, you are achieving an effective cardiovascular workout. Wearing a heart rate monitor allows you to work harder when your rate drops below the target. The monitor frees you to concentrate on your workout.

Keeping you in check:
On the opposite side of the heart rate spectrum, wearing a heart monitor will also remind you to slow down if your heart rate goes beyond the target and average maximum heart rate. 

Exercise strengths your heart and the Central Florida Cardiac & Vascular Institute is your ally in caring four your vascular health. If you have heart health questions or need a physician referral, call our Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-447-8206.

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