What Are the Benefits of Heart Rate Monitors?

What Are the Benefits of Heart Rate Monitors?
Heart-rate training uses a special monitor to help you regulate your workouts according to cardiovascular effort. Although you can achieve great training results by paying attention to perceived effort, heart-rate monitoring, especially in early stages of a training regimen, can help you increase the efficiency of your workouts and will help you perfect your schedule to accommodate your body's reaction to training.

Workout Planning

Heart-rate training requires special attention to planning. Most workouts you will perform with a heart monitor will be a form of interval training, requiring concentrated bursts of effort split up by periods of rest. Different intervals target different areas of overall fitness ranging from cardiovascular endurance to sheer power output. Combining different training models will help you achieve a targeted fitness program that can be modified as your body responds (or doesn't respond) to various workout styles. To facilitate more precise planning, keep a workout journal, noting workout types, times, average, high and low heart rates, and general physical response during efforts.

Precision During Training

Heart rate monitors give you real-time cardio feedback during workouts. This information is essential for precision during interval-driven or hard-intensity training. Most workouts of these types require you to accelerate your efforts to specific heart rate zones for a period of time, then rest until your heart rate returns to a set low threshold. Although rudimentary interval training can be achieved without a monitor (using perceived effort), workouts targeting specific areas of fitness generally require your active knowledge of your heart rate.


Many people choose to use heart rate monitors for general endurance and strength based workouts for safety. A heart monitor will not only tell you if your workout is pushing your body hard enough, but it will also tell you when you've gotten too intense. Certain levels of aerobic activity can become dangerous if not closely monitored. For anyone attempting very high- intensity training, and any athlete with a cardiovascular condition or other limiting physical factor, a heart-rate monitor is crucial for safety during workouts.

Article Written By Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson earned his Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from The Ohio University. He has been a professional writer since 2008, specializing in outdoors content and instruction. Johnson's poetry has appeared in such publications as "Sphere" and "17 1/2 Magazine."

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