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Types of Heart Rate Monitors


My last blog talked about how heart rate monitors can improve fitness.  Now we are going to look at the different types that are available and who would benefit from having one.

However, I feel a reminder is in order here.  Always consult first with a doctor before starting a new exercise program.

The two basic types of heart rate monitors are chest strap models (which go around your chest) and finger sensor models (wristwatch style, where you touch a sensor with your finger).  A variety of features can be found with both types.

The following are some of the features you might want to consider when purchasing a heart rate monitor:

  • countdown timer
  • clock
  • stopwatch
  • split times
  • recovery heart rate model
  • time in target zone
  • calorie counter
  • speed and distance
  • fitness trainer
  • PC interface
  • coded transmitter
  • bicycle mounting options

So now you might be wondering if you would benefit from using a heart rate monitor.  Well if you are a walker, jogger, runner cyclist, skier, hiker or climber, you would find many benefits.

But it’s also beneficial to those who are focused on losing weight and those recovering from an illness or injury. Even people who have suffered a cardiac event would benefit.

Although you might be concerned about price, keep in mind that you also want quality.  So it’s important to choose a good one that is accurate and easy-to-use.

Some of the popular brands of heart rate monitors include:

  • InstaPulse
  • Polar
  • New Balance
  • Mio
  • Suunto
  • ePulse
  • EKHO

You can also do your own research online.  Check out reviews of these products before purchasing.

Working out within your heart rate zone can help you burn more calories.  So enjoy the many benefits of a heart rate monitor.