What are the benefits of heart rate monitors?
Heart rate monitors measuring heart rate during exercise. It’s amazing to think how such a simple biological element of our being, heart rate, could be such an important piece of information during our workout sessions! As a cardio specialist who performs Metabolic Submax VO2 Testing, I have seen dramatic changes in fitness and body composition among members who train with a heart rate monitor! Heart rate monitors provide immediate feedback of intensity throughout an entire exercise session, and above all else, they are easy to use. Once members are educated on the science of heart rate zone training, the use of a heart rate monitor becomes as important as wearing a pair of shoes!
The following is background information on heart rate monitors:
A heart rate monitor is a transmitter equipped with electrode strapped to the chest to record the heart’s electrical impulses and radio precise measurements of the heart rate to a receiver worn on the wrist. Through the measurement of heart rate, trainers and exercisers can structure productive routines and workouts.
In 1983, the first wireless heart rate monitor was developed by Seppo Saynajakangas, a Finnish researcher who recognized the importance of measuring heart rate during exercise.
Heart rate monitors range from basic models that simply provide a continuous readout to more complex mechanisms that store times spent in various zones and download data to a personal computer.