Why should you monitor your heart rate when exercising?


Why should you monitor your heart rate when exercising?

With the rise in wearable technology, tracking your heart rate has become a given when exercising. When you’re pounding the pavement and working up a sweat, these smart trackers give you immediate insight into how your body is performing while you work out.

But is the gadgetry all worth it? Only if you know how to read the numbers, say experts. “It’s how you interpret the information the device gives you that will facilitate internal body changes at the cellular level,” say the trainers at Orangetheory.

So, what are the benefits of these devices?

The theory behind heart rate monitoring is all about optimising your performance. Heart rate monitors help you define your target zone where aerobic and fat-burning benefits occur. This is about quality over quantity. An hour on the treadmill at a below-optimum heart rate is less beneficial than half an hour at an optimum heart rate.

Monitors help you make sure you’re exercising at the best heart rate zone, and therefore, getting the most out of your workout.

Orangetheory is the latest trend to take over the fitness world. It’s a science-based group work-out that uses heart rate monitoring to ensure optimum performance. In our latest issue of MiNDFOOD, columnist Cat Rodie shares her experience strapping on a monitor and getting her heart rate up at one of Orangetheory’s popular classes.

“Arriving at my local Orangetheory studio, I’m feeling apprehensive. Butterflies flutter in my stomach as coach Robbie fits me with a heart rate monitor and starts to explain the science behind Orangetheory,” shares Cat.

Pick up the latest issue of MiNDFOOD to read our verdict on this latest fitness trend.



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