One great tool that you may want to get yourself as you go about your workout program plan to see optimal results is a heart rate monitor.
Many people get into the habit of using these at first to make sure they are working in their target heart rate zone and then after seeing the benefits that they offer, choose to keep using them from that point forward.
The nice thing about a heart rate monitor is that it makes it much easier to keep tabs on the total intensity that your workouts are being done at.
Since not all heart rate monitors are created equally however, it helps to know what to look for when selecting one.
Let’s go over the main points to know.
One That Tracks Calories
The first feature you may find on some heart rate monitor devises is that it will also track your overall calorie burn as you go about your workout. This may seem beneficial, but do be careful with this that you don’t take it too seriously.
Realize that many of these calorie tracking devices are notorious for not being all that accurate, so you’re best off simply going be perceived level of exertion and estimating your calorie burn from there.
If you feel like you’re working hard, you’re likely burning up sufficient calories. Don’t think that just because the readout says you’ve burned 600 calories that you should go and give yourself a 500 calorie treat!
One That Tracks Distance Travelled
Next, some heart rate monitors will also work as a pedometer and will also track the total distance you’ve travelled. This can be especially helpful if you plan on doing some longer runs outside as then you know precisely how far you’ve gone.
As an added benefit, you could always wear it throughout the day to ensure that you are getting in regular lifestyle activity and reaching your total steps taken goals.
One That Tracks Sleep Status
Finally, some heart rate monitors can also be worn in the evening and will track your total time spent in deep sleep. This can be beneficial to see – more for curiosity sake than anything and will allow you to figure out if you are getting the quality sleep that you need.
So have a good look at all the heart rate monitor options and make sure that you are choosing one that is going to be best suited to the workouts you plan to do.
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