Heart Rate Monitor
Pace & target you workout program with
When I was younger I could judge my training by how tired I was, how much sweat was on the shirt, or how out of breath I was.
I no longer believe the parable, no pain no gain. If you’re in pain it’s probably means something is broken or torn: a muscle, a ligament, or maybe even some scaring in your joints.
A heart rate Monitor (hrm) helps you find the right pace for your training that is designed for you and by you.
The best exercise plan for me last about a 1/2 hour to an hour. I’m sure you’ve seen people get on a treadmill and crank it up till they’re out of breath and give up after a few minutes.
Even those who are in good shape will take some time warming up and get the blood flowing before they turn up the pace.
For those who are out of shape like myself the hrm lets you see how hard or easy your pace is so you can adjust your speed or pace to your target heart rate.
I like to stop my work out when I’m feeling energized and before I start to feel tired. It makes it easier to start up again.
What’s a target heart rate?
The Polar F6 can calculate your target heart rate in 2 different ways. But, because I have been so sedentary for so long, I decided to let my body tell me what my target heart rate is.
I tracked my hiking and exercises for about a month ( and even saw some improvement in that short a time period), and gagged my target based on about a 12% leeway from my average heart rate. As an example my last 3 good workouts had a average heart rate of 110 (April 2006). 12% of 110 is 13, so I would try to keep my heart rate between 97 and 123.
What I like about the Polar f6
I was really surprised how easy it is to use. As a matter of fact the directions were harder to read than using the watch. So read the directions with watch in hand.
The second time I showed someone my files (a list of monitored exercises) on the watch I was able to go all the ways through the file with out a hitch.
- Monitor your last 12 workouts
- You can set alarms for going outside of your target range.
- It measures the length of the workout.
- You can measure your improvements.