Heart Rate Monitors
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Heart Rate Monitors are a great way of keeping track of your performance whilst you run. A Heart Rate Monitor can help you to pace yourself, something that many runners struggle with – especially when running longer distances. Pacing yourself correctly will mean that you are able to run longer distances and improve your overall running stamina.
Heart Rate Monitors can also give you an indication of the distance you have run, the speed and times that you’ve run it in, and even the number of calories burned – great for if you’re running to lose weight.
There is a huge selection of Heart Rate Monitors available on the market, popular Heart Rate Monitor brands include, Polar, Suunto, Garmin, Cateye, and X Train.
Why not check out our selection of Heart Rate Monitors below?
A Heart rate monitor works through measuring the number of times your heart beats per minute (BPM) this can then be used to work out how hard you are working and what % of your heart rate capacity you are training at. Your Maximum heart rate depends on your age, gender and weight and training at different percentage levels of your maximum heart rate will impact the results you get. If you are looking to lose weight you should be training at 60% of your maximum heart rate level, if you are looking for a heavy cardio workout, you should be training at 80% of your maximum heart rate.
Most heart rate monitors look very similar to a watch in that you can wear it on your wrist and they have a small digital screen which will feed back to you vital running information. As well as the watch they will also come with a heart rate sensor which is a strap to be worn around your chest (closest to your heart) and under your running clothes. the information picked up by the sensors around your chest will be fed back to the monitor on your wrist.
Heart rate monitors can range in price and in the features they offer. Most heart rate monitors will tell you your heart rate in beats per minute, and will come with a stop watch / timer, the ability to set yourself programmes and target heart rates. Other features include calorie counters, more in depth details about your training session (such as maximum and average heart rates) and some even work as a pedometer, giving you an indication of the distance achieved.