You have decided to start using a heart rate measurement device as part of your workout regimen and are wondering if there are any tips that can help you optimize its use. These devices have become rather common and they are not just a fad – they help people monitor not just how effective their workouts are, but also their overall health in the course of time. They come in many shapes and sizes and the most important tip is this: buy one that you will actually use.
It is easy to assume that since you want to monitor your heart it makes sense to buy a monitor that you will strap across your chest. What you may not realise is that these monitors come with such an array of problems that many people who buy them chose not to wear them after a few tries. They slip, they cause chafing, they are uncomfortable and they get in the way of a normal workout. There are devices that can monitor your heart rate perfectly without all these problems. They can be worn on your wrist, your ankle, your finger and on a visor or a baseball cap.
The other important thing is to check your heart rate in the morning, it is usually calmest when you wake up, so before you get into the swing of things you should check it – a normal heart rate is between 60 and 80 beats a minute. This way, you can compare whatever results you get during the day with your resting heart rate – you can, for example, see how much stress affects your heart rate – the higher it is the worse for you. Remember to measure your recovery rate too.
Try a heart rate monitor from Equivital – they have some of the most accurate in the market, and you can see some of them on http://www.equivital.co.uk/.