The exercise industry is infatuated with the heart rate. And before I really started to connect the dots on how monitoring my heart rate during exercise, I underestimated just how important it was to training. I would hear fitness instructors saying to take your pulse for 10 seconds and multiply by so and so. Then I would see the heart rate monitors on the exercise equipment. I would play the game and see how fast my heart was beating but it still did not click in my head just how this could help me lose my weight.
It wasn't until my good friend and spin instructor and I got into a discussion of heart rate monitors and using them in class. Here I was with a fitness certification and I could not tell you the first thing about the importance of your heart rate during exercise. I'm not sure what made me get my first Polar heart rate monitor, but after I did, it really changed my workout.
Now let me break it down to you. There is a maximum heart rate. This is a number you want to stay very far from while exercising. Staying at this level can tear up something and demotivate you from continuing and exercise program. Then there is the scientific "cardio training level" heart rate (range varies between 75-90% of maximum heart rate). And this depends on your age. It is always lower than the maximum heart rate. And if you make sure you stay in this level, you will see that your body won't go into convulsions in the middle of cardio performance. And when you go home and rest, rest will be good.
This monitor allowed me to know when I was burning myself out. And I think this is a huge factor for overweight and obese folks. We haven't exercised in so long so that when we finally step up into the box, our body's are not conditioned for performance, and the rate skyrockets to maximum levels quickly. And we are unaware because we don't monitor it through these handy devices. I recommend Polar's heart rate monitors as a very accurate way to ensure you stay in the cardio training zone so you can improve your levels and stay on the right path to getting in shape.
I am an affiliate of Polar's products, but only because I use them and see their value for myself. Check out their site for a monitor that will fit your lifestyle.