Heart Rate Monitor

There are two primary types of heart rate monitors: wireless and strapless. Each one uses a separate technology to monitor the rate at which your heart is beating during exercise. For instance, wireless monitors use a transmitter and a receiver to keep track of the data – this is accomplished with either digital or analogue technology.

The primary benefit of using a wireless heart rate monitor is that this type can continually provide you with data. On the other hand, strapless heart rate monitors are unable to retrieve a continuous signal because they do not have a strap that directly sits on top of the chest area – the only way you can keep track of your heart rate with a strapless monitor is by physically activating the sensors.

Main categories of heart rate monitor:

1. Monitors that aid in athletic performance. Heart rate monitors that are meant for athletes take things a step further and often show other tidbits of data, like when you have reached your target heart rate zone. Knowing when you have entered the zone gives you a good idea of the overall effectiveness of your routine.

2. Heart rate monitors that keep track of weight loss. Typically, these perform other functions, as well. For instance most monitors that are intended to help you lose weight will also let you know how many calories you burn each session so that you can stay on track with your goals. Essentially, they act as a portable personal trainer that helps you stay accountable for your own weight loss and exercise.

3. Heart monitors that help you track your health goals. The monitors that target the general health market are typically a combination of both the above types – they keep track of the widest range of statistics, including calories burned and the target heart rate zone.

Some heart rate monitors are not recommended for the gym.

It’s important to note that some heart rate monitors are not recommended for use at a gym. Depending on the type of technology being used, the process of transmission and receiving has the potential to interfere with gym equipment. However, this is typically only a concern if the equipment is also using a type of heart rate monitor, as well. There are some monitors that have been specifically designed so that they won’t interfere with the signal transmission of other gym equipment.