Heart Rate Monitors
the facts on why you need one

Heart Rate Monitors do exactly as their name suggests, they Monitor your Heart Rate. They track and record readings of your hearts bpm (beats per minute) during Workouts and Exercise.

These are a personal unit consisting of a Wristwatch style Monitor (receiver) and a Chest Strap (transmitter) worn on the Upper Body.

Heart Rates can vary from one individual to another, it will depend on your Age and your level of Personal Fitness as well as other variables, so therefore you should not compare yourself to others.

You will have a different Workout Goal and desired Training Intensity than the next person. You can use the valuable information gained from a Monitor to gauge and track your performance improvements.

You can learn more here about Training Heart Rates in "Target Heart Rate".

I can tell you from experience, that devices like these make an excellent training partner. I made the mistake of doing Workouts for years without one, I had a mindset that they were only for elite athletes and how wrong I was. I used a “Rule of Thumb” method to guess-timate my Exercise exertion. Looking back now, this was totally inadequate and dangerous to my health.

I risked over-exertion and over training, which could lead to injuries and health complications. I could have been working my Cardiovascular System to the extreme.

Exercising at a higher intensity is fine as long as it is controlled and not sustained for long periods of time. You can do “Interval Workouts” where you mix your intensity levels over the duration of your activity. And the only way to successfully achieve this is to use a Heart Rate Monitor.


  • How will you keep track of your Training?
  • Are you Training too hard?
  • Are you Training in the "Correct Zone" for your requirements?
  • How are you going to remember your results?
  • How many Calories are you using?
  • This is just a small list of the basic things you need to know, to train Effectively and Wisely. It is so vitally important to train “Smart” and as the old saying goes “It’s better to work Smarter, not Harder”. And that’s exactly what you achieve when you embrace the use of a Heart Rate Monitor.

    When using your choice of Monitor you can preset your desired training intensities. So when you are Exercising, an alarm will sound giving you an indication of your Workload. Either too low or high, so you can adjust your efforts and intensity accordingly. You don’t have to keep checking the display to know that you are within your desired Training parameters. This feature alone makes using a Heart Rate Monitor invaluable.

    It’s like having your own "Personal Coach" on the sidelines giving you advice.

    It doesn’t matter which Activity you choose, you will be able to maximise your efforts and gain better results using a Monitor. It doesn’t matter if you are Walking for Exercise or Running a Marathon, Riding an Exercise Cycle in your home or participating in a long distance Ride. You will find that it is more rewarding when you use a Heart Rate Monitor.

    Most of the basic Monitors available on the market at present, will display your,

  • Current Heart Rate in Real Time (bpm).
  • Duration of Exercise Session.
  • Average Heart Rate.
  • Maximum Heart Rate.
  • Calories Used.
  • And as models get more sophisticated they offer more functions, for example,

  • Speed and Distance (with the addition of an attachment).
  • Detailed Data Logging to download results to your Computer for Analysis.
  • Attachments for Bicycles that include Cadence / Speed.
  • GPS Location.
  • Some Manufacturers like Suunto offer an attachment called a “Foot Pod” that clips onto your shoelaces and can track a myriad of information automatically while you Walk, Jog or Run.

    "Hello Girls", This is a Special Note just for you..

    Heart Rate Monitors are for everyone to use and gain from their benefits. Don’t think that they are only for Men or for Elite Athletes. They’re an invaluable training tool to assist you in reaching your Fitness Goals.

    In the early days of Heart Rate Monitors it was difficult for some Women to use a Monitor as they found them uncomfortable. The Chest Strap could cause discomfort under the breasts or it may have been difficult to get a reading as the Receiver may have been sitting too low on the torso.

    But all that has now changed and all the Major Brands carry an array of specifically designed Heart Rate Monitors and accessories for Women.

    Softer and smaller transmitter straps are available, as is a Fabric version that can be incorporated into your clothing. There is now available on the market, whats called a "Cardio Bra" and it features an in built Sensor Strap. And it is very important to always wear a proper fitting supportive Sports Bra. Comfort is the key when you are having a Workout.

    Strapless Monitors are also another option. Some of these Monitors indicate your heart rate, by you placing one of your fingers on a sensor, situated on the Monitor face. These do serve a purpose and are probably more suited to Walking or riding a Stationary Cycle.

    I have used this style in the past and have found them to be a little slow in reacting and a bit awkward to use. Try Jogging and attempting to put your fingers on a sensor pad to get your readings or Cycling (one handed) and do the same thing.

    So remember that they are fantastically beneficial to use and I can't emphasis enough their importance in your training.


    You should always follow the Manufacturers recommendations for the correct care of your Monitor. As long as you use them as indicated you will get great longevity and use from your unit.

    Wash your Chest Strap and Monitor (ensuring that you follow the manufacturers recommendations) after every exercise session, as this will ensure a longer life. Try and choose a Model that you can change the batteries in yourself or that your local Watchmaker can do for you, as long as it doesn’t void any part of the Warranty.

    I have found that in the past the initial batteries that were fitted to the Monitors that I have purchased out lasted the Warranty Period. So after that I changed the batteries myself.

    If you do choose a Model that has to be sent back to the Manufacturer or to your Countries Distributor to get the batteries replaced, remember that you will have to be without your Monitor for the time that this whole procedure takes. There is also a chance of damage or loss in transit.

    There may be a time when you have to return your Complete Unit to the Supplier, for inspection and/or repairs. If this is the case it is always a good idea to purchase a brand of Monitor that is easily repaired in your area and keep all of your purchase details for reference purposes.


    "I've Learnt the Hard Way. So Learn form my Mistakes."

    When you are putting on and especially when you are removing your Monitor from your wrist “Be Careful”. You will be using one hand and if the Monitor is slippery from your sweat when you are removing it, then there is a good chance that you may DROP IT!

    I know that it may sound silly, but never take your Monitor off over a hard surface. If you do and it happens too slip from your fingers and it impacts the ground. The chances are pretty high that it will sustain some form of damage or stop working completely. As I said “Learn from my Mistakes” it’s costly.

    Take Good care of your Heart Rate Monitor
    and it will take Good care of You.

    The results that you want are easily within your reach when you embrace to use of a heart rate monitor. You will train smarter, better and safer. All you need to do is click on a link to find out more and take advantage of them as a workout partner.

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