Why is Heart Rate Important?
Your heart is a muscle. Like any other muscle, you need to keep it in shape. If your heart gets too weak, you could have chest pain which could be associated with a heart attack or heart failure. The more intelligently you work your heart, the better and more efficiently it will be able to pump blood.
How it works
The wrist heart rate monitor works by taking your heart rate through your index and middle fingers. One finger is placed on the top part of the display and the other on the bottom. Holding your fingers on the monitor for a few moments will get you an accurate reading.
One of the biggest benefits of a wrist heart rate monitor is the mobility factor. Some people might feel constrained if they have to strap a chest monitor on themselves. With the wrist monitor this allows for better mobility.
The wrist monitors offer many different gadgets and gizmos, such as stop watches and, of course, the time. Some models also will include a caloric expenditure function to tell you how many calories you've burned in a certain time period.
Warm Up, Cool Down
For intelligent training, runners and walkers can measure their warm-up and cool-down times to keep themselves focused on the exercises at hand. They can set their training for specific times or specific heart rates for warming up or cooling down.
Unlike chest strap monitors, you cannot get a constant reading of your heart rate. Also, you need to have two hands free to check the monitor. Runners and walkers won't have much trouble, but cyclists may want to stick with a chest strap.
Article Written By Heather Broeker
Originally from North Carolina, Heather Broeker studied journalism and advertising at the University of North Carolina. After graduation she moved to Los Angeles, where she worked for Fox Searchlight, Fox Reality and later as a writer and marketing director. Broeker now lives in Los Angeles and runs Head Over Heels, a writing and public relations company.