Maximize Performance with a Polar Bluetooth Heart Rate MonitorMaking time for your daily fitness routine is vitally important to your health. However, in a time-pressed world, it is more and more important to make sure your time is well-invested to achieve your goal in the shortest possible time! That’s why a heart rate monitor is so important ------ to get the most “fitness return” for the time you spend working out.
To achieve the fitness goals that you set, you must exercise at the proper intensity. The proper intensity varies according to the goals you set. Your heart rate is one of the best gauges of personal exercise intensity. So the best way to monitor your exercise intensity is to monitor your heart rate.
Research has shown that your heart rate must stay within a certain zone that corresponds with your specific fitness goal. Each zone is a range of pulse rate, a percentage of your maximum heart rate. So, your exercise intensity is determined by your heart rate.
Your heart rate must stay in an aerobic zone for a certain period of time if you want to improve your aerobic fitness. Higher or lower, you’re wasting your time.
Your heart rate must stay in an anaerobic zone (higher percentage of maximum heart rate) for a certain period of time if you want to improve your anaerobic fitness. If anaerobic fitness is your goal and you are just cruising along, you’re wasting your time.
Before heart rate monitors, you had to stop the activity, find your pulse and count for 10 seconds, then multiply by 6, then remember the pulse range needed from a calculation you did at home. By the time you did all that, you were out of the range anyway.
With a heart rate monitor you can know, without stopping and counting and calculating, whether you are exercising in your zone. If your heart rate drops below the zone, your can adjust your workout upward and immediately see your body’s response. If your heart rate goes too high for the fitness goal you want, then you know to adjust the exercise downward.
The Polar Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor takes the benefit of measuring heart rate one step further. With this very cool device, you can sync the info with your computer or mobile device (via apps such as Endomondo or RunKeeper). The apps in turn, track your average heart rate over a number of workouts so that you can track your progress over time.
The Polar Heart Rate Monitor is an ANT+ heart rate monitor which is the type of monitor required by the mobile fitness tracking applications, including those which run with Android OS, Blackberry OS, Windows and Apple products such as iPhone, iPad, iPod.
The Bluetooth Polar Heart Rate Monitor sends signals directly to your app of choice by Bluetooth. So, you don’t have to download the data, take it to your computer and send it over the internet. With your heart rate monitor and smartphone app, you have access to your fitness info at your fingertips.
It’s easy to get frustrated when working toward a long-term fitness goal such as cardiovascular endurance. You start second-guessing yourself --- are you doing enough to make the goal a reality? You might get distracted during your workout and slow your pace without noticing ---- the polar heart rate monitor will alert you to get back in the zone!
With the Polar Heart Rate Monitor you can also utilize a combination of heart rate zones, known as interval training. During this training technique, you exercise in a higher zone for a short period (say, 30 seconds), then drop back to a lower zone (say, 2 minutes). An interval workout would consist of a warm up, a training period that alternates between the higher and lower zones, and a cool-down. Each segment of the workout would target a specific heart rate, which you can easily achieve using your heart rate monitor.
If you are seeking to start a new fitness program or simply improve the efficiency of your current workout, the Polar heart rate monitor can help you get to your goal without wasting your time!