Whether you just want to take regular walks or jogs as part of your basic exercise routine or want to do strength training for a sport or a marathon, heart rate monitoring should come into play to make your fitness training simple and enjoyable.
You can choose the right heart rate monitor or sports watch from a large selection offered by the biggest brands including Timex, Mio, Bowflex, Polar, Sportline, Garmin, Suunto and others. Packed with features to make lifestyle changes or training easier, these monitors are also attractive and fun to wear since various colors and styles are available.
A monitor shows when you are improving your fitness based on heart rate, gives an easy to read display of the numbers including calories burned, tells you your progress, has a manual heart rate target, shows a summary of the latest workout, records heart rate based recovery periods between sets, measures your aerobic fitness at rest, provides a chance to create a training program that is based on your individual goals, sets weekly training targets, helps you with your training times, keeps up with you as you exercise, plus more desired and healthful features.
You can also find a Pedometer that can be your activity monitor. This can be placed on your waist with a belt clip that is included or around your neck with a provided lanyard or can be carried in your pocket or bag. In addition to recording steps, it records the distance walked and the calories burned.
If you prefer to wear a sports watch, that is easy because no setup is required; you just press “start” and begin to walk or run. GPS is used to accurately record pace, time and distance. The data from each run is stored so that you can review your activity from last week or last month. A sports watch is like having your own personal running coach to assist you in training smarter and achieving new goals. With some models, you can get encouragement from family and friends due to connecting features such as real-time live tracking and sharing by social media.