What Are the Benefits of Using Polar Heart Rate Monitors?

What Are the Benefits of Using Polar Heart Rate Monitors?
Used by athletes from every discipline, Polar heart rate monitors are meant to keep track of heart rate and biofeedback measurements. They are used to digitally measure cardio activity and to help those exercising to keep track of their workout and to adjust it as needed to meet their goals.

Training Zone

Whether you are looking to burn fat or improve your cardiovascular health, there is a specific range in which your heart rate should fit to achieve those goals. If you work too slowly, you may not burn enough fat, while a too-high heart rate can lead to exhaustion before you even reach the appropriate fat-burning level. Being able to understand where you stand will help you work more efficiently while keeping you safe from injury. According to the HowToBeFit website, Polar heart rate monitors have an EKG accuracy of 99 percent, ensuring that you will be able to securely measure your current state and then adjust it to fit your goals.

Motivation

Because Polar heart rate monitors show the physiological changes your body goes through when exercising consistently, they are a very useful motivational tool. External changes, such as weight loss and reduction in inches, may take a while to show, but the ability of the body to pump oxygen properly (thus reducing the speed of your heart rate) improves with each single workout. Being able to see the difference can be great motivation to keep you going.

Safety

If you have a health condition, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, or are recuperating from an injury, your doctor may recommend a specific heart rate range for you to work on. Taking your pulse manually can lead to major mistakes, so using a monitor will ensure accuracy. This is also important if you're training for a sport with a high risk of injury, such as kick boxing, climbing and skiing, where having optimal cardio health is essential to stay safe and be energy efficient.

Practicality

Polar heart rate monitors are easy to use. They consist of a chest strap and a wrist watch, which picks up your heart rate and clearly displays it on the watch. Polar monitors also display the time (so they can double as a watch to help you keep track of how long you've been working out), running or walking speed, distance covered and sometimes calories burned (depending on the model).

Article Written By Sarah Dray

Sarah Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including "Woman's Day," "Marie Claire," "Adirondack Life" and "Self." She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.

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