Have you ever wondered what your heart rate is when you exercise? Or do you even know what your target heart rate should be? Well a heart rate monitor can be useful when exercising. There are numerous heart monitors to choose from. Heart rate monitors vary in quality, accuracy, style and cost. The typical heart rate monitor has a band that gets strapped across your chest and back. The band has sensor that connects remotely to a wrist watch. More advanced heart monitors also calculate calories burned based on age, weight and height. Some heart rate monitors will track distance as well. Lastly, you may not need to purchase a heart rate monitor as most smartphones have heart rate tracker apps as well. Do your research and find the heart rate monitor most appropriate for you. Check ConsumerReports.org for guidance on choosing a heart rate monitor.
I personally like heart monitors because it helps me know how hard I am working and if my heart rate is actually elevated. Check with your doctor to determine what is a safe target heart rate for you based on your age and medical history. The American Heart Association outlines how to calculate your maximum target heart based on your age.