How to Use a Heart Rate Monitor to Get Better Fit?

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    Aug 17, 2014 2:49 PM GMT
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    The Mio Alpha heart rate monitor is worn on the wrist and measures the flow of blood through the skin.

    NYT: Heart rate monitors can be a useful tool during exercise for new and experienced runners and other athletes. You first need to identify the target heart rates at which you should train.

    One way is to estimate your maximum heart rate using the formula “211 minus 64 percent of age.“. The American Heart Association recommends training at 50 percent to 85 percent of maximum, depending on your goals. That works out to a maximum heart rate of 180 beats a minute for a 48-year-old, and a training level from 90 to 153 beats a minute.

    A more personalized way to find those targets with less arithmetic is to establish a personal baseline heart rate by measuring it while exercising at a sustained, steady pace during which you can still talk.

    Over time, as you become more fit, you will notice that you can go for longer and faster at your baseline heart rate.

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/15/ask-well-how-do-you-use-a-heart-rate-monitor/?ref=health
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    Aug 17, 2014 4:17 PM GMT
    Or, you can wear a GoPro on the chest strap, then play the video back on a system with good bass. You can actually hear your heart beat, count the beats for 10 seconds, and multiply x6 to get your training heart rate.

    I found this out after playing back video with the sound run through a Bose system. I was like OMGWTF I can hear my heart! icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 18, 2014 2:50 PM GMT
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    The Mio Alpha heart rate monitor is worn on the wrist and measures the flow of blood through the skin.

    NYT: Heart rate monitors can be a useful tool during exercise for new and experienced runners and other athletes. You first need to identify the target heart rates at which you should train.

    One way is to estimate your maximum heart rate using the formula “211 minus 64 percent of age.“. The American Heart Association recommends training at 50 percent to 85 percent of maximum, depending on your goals. That works out to a maximum heart rate of 180 beats a minute for a 48-year-old, and a training level from 90 to 153 beats a minute.

    A more personalized way to find those targets with less arithmetic is to establish a personal baseline heart rate by measuring it while exercising at a sustained, steady pace during which you can still talk.

    Over time, as you become more fit, you will notice that you can go for longer and faster at your baseline heart rate.

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/15/ask-well-how-do-you-use-a-heart-rate-monitor/?ref=health

    I use one on my cardio days and I think it was definitely key in moving to the next level in my fitness by targeting my cardio to certain goals. Especially with cardio, I see many, many people not working hard enough; if you can read a book, you're not working out HARD enough.

    I know in some previous threads about this subject we had some guys boast about doing sustained cardio at over 200BPM. For an older guy, I can't for the life of me see how that can be possible, let along healthy or safe. Aren't you supposed to have LOWER BPM's during sustained vigorous exercise if you're a trained athlete? Boasting that you're getting 200BPMs hardly seems like a goal to achieve and doesn't seem like results for a physically fit athlete, at least from what Ive researched.
  • ASHDOD

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    Aug 18, 2014 11:16 PM GMT
    well the watch look very nice'but you dont need that, i just mesure my heart beat after ,and somtimes in the midlle of a aerobic work out.
    i''m 48 like in the example in the article the mesurement go like this
    220-my age = max is 172
    i workout at the rate of 132-140 [as i said very easy to count with a regular watch]
    so 80 % are 137 approx...
    no need to buy stuf you dont need
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    Aug 19, 2014 2:36 AM GMT
    Ashdod saidwell the watch look very nice'but you dont need that, ...
    That statement only applies to people without heart problems, and people who aren't hardcore adrenaline junkies.

    My maximum heart rate shouldn't be more than 184 max, and I counted my beats at 192 steady. It would be nice to have an alarm when I go over the max.
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    Aug 19, 2014 11:45 PM GMT
    Wondering if i should be a grammar Nazi or not :/
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    Aleco_Graves saidWondering if i should be a grammar Nazi or not :/


    Wondering WHETHER i should be a grammar Nazi or not :/
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    Aug 20, 2014 1:06 AM GMT
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    Aleco_Graves saidWondering if i should be a grammar Nazi or not :/


    Wondering WHETHER i should be a grammar Nazi or not :/


    How did I not type it like above mentioned, even when i was reread it I read it with a wheter instead of If icon_lol.gif
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    Aleco_Graves saidWondering if i should be a grammar Nazi or not :/


    Wondering WHETHER i should be a grammar Nazi or not :/
    While we're at it, let's also bring in the punctuation Nazi.
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    woodsmen said
    Aleco_Graves saidWondering if i should be a grammar Nazi or not :/


    Wondering WHETHER i should be a grammar Nazi or not :/


    How did I not type it like above mentioned, even when i was reread it I read it with a wheter instead of If icon_lol.gif
    ...and the spelling Nazi.
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    Aug 20, 2014 5:09 PM GMT
    And the capitalization Nazi!
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    Sep 08, 2014 5:09 AM GMT
    And the incomplete sentence starting with a conjunction Nazi.