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Heart Rate Monitors - an Overview

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Summary:
A heart rate monitor is a gadget that allows users of exercise machines
to check their heart rate whilst training. It usually consists of two
elements, a wrist receiver and a chest strap. Heart rate monitors are
becoming more and more popular and most high-quality exercise machines
come with a heart rate monitor of their own.


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Article Body:
A heart rate monitor is a device that allows users of exercise machines
to check their heart rate whilst training. It usually consists of two
elements, a wrist receiver and a chest strap. The chest strap uses
electrodes to monitor your heart rate, and if the device is connected to
your exercise machine, its console will show your heart rate to you.
Wrist receivers usually come in the forms of watches that measure your
pulse by calculating the time before blood pumps through your wrist
veins. Heart rate monitors are becoming more and more popular and most
high-quality exercise machines come with a heart rate monitor of their
own.

If you are suffering from heart or blood pressure problems, having a
heart rate monitor while training is a must. Not only will you be able to
see how your heart handles physical effort, but you will also be able to
control your heart rate by adjusting speed settings on the exercise
machines. Some treadmills and elliptical trainers come with a built-in
heart-rate management system, which automatically slows down the machine
if your heart rate is too high. This is useful, as it helps avoid many
heart-related problems that used to occur in the past with people
training harder than their heart could handle.

Even if you do not have heart-related problems, it is still a good idea
to use a heart rate monitor from time to time. This way, you will be able
to track how your body handles intense effort. To make sure you are
healthy and there will be no problems in the future, you should make a
daily pulse-rate table for one or two weeks, while training at the same
intensity. You will notice if there are extreme pitfalls or ascendings in
your pulse, but the best thing to do would be to show this report to your
doctor, who will immediately notice any forthcoming troubles.

If you are planning to buy a quality heart rate monitor, one of the more
popular manufacturers around is Polar. Polar technology has been around
for two decades now and the company has achieved the status of being the
industry leader in the heart rate monitors field. They have different
series for heart rate monitors, ranging from beginners and intermediates
to professional athletes. You can also choose your heart rate monitor
from different categories, depending on what your needs are: Cardiac
Rehab, Jogging, Cycling, Swimming (this includes a waterproof monitor-
watch), Fitness, Weight Management and so forth.

Heart rate monitors mean a big step forward in home exercising, as they
may help to prevent and avoid many cardiac problems. Always pay attention
to your heart rate monitor and try not to push your heart over the
limits. Consult a doctor about what the normal pulse rate should be for
your body type, in an effort regime. Combine this data with an exercise
machine that supports heart rate measuring systems and displays them on
their console, or even better, one that adjusts its speed to your pulse
rate.

				
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