Author: Troy Theodosiou

Heart rate monitors measure and record the heart rate, providing instant feedback on the number of beats per minute. By providing data about exercise intensity – how hard the heart is working at any point during exercise – they can help track and potentially improve your fitness.

An optimal exercise prescription is a balance between the frequency, intensity, duration, and mode of exercise. Heart rate is a useful indicator of the intensity of effort and the body’s physiological adaptation. Heart rate monitoring is an important component especially in cardiovascular fitness assessment and training programs.

The intensity of physical exercise should always be based on a persons’ fitness level and the goals of the exercise e.g. maintain or improve health/fitness/performance and help in weight management.

With literally dozens of heart rate monitors and wearable fitness trackers on the market, choosing the right one depends on function and price point. Some include a transmitter strap that is worn around the chest. The strap picks up the heart signals and sends them wirelessly to the watch, which receives the data and displays the heart rate.

Regardless of the data always listen to your body. I recommend using a heart rate monitor or wearable fitness tracker to serve as a gauge or to get a baseline of where you are at.