Heart Rate Monitors - Setting up your workout
Since your maximum heart rate wonít change much with age if you continue to be fit, you wonít ever have to readjust your zones - they are yours for a lifetime.
Start Your Heart Zone Training System
You are ready. You have everything you need to start your program: a heart rate monitor, a maximum heart rate and your three zones. You can go out today and start exercising. Keep track of how many minutes you train in each zone. If you are just beginning, start with 100% of your workout time in the Healthy Heart Zone. Stay in this zone for at least 2 to 4 weeks. As the Healthy Heart Zone becomes easy and you are ready for the challenge, try spending 10%-25% of your total training time in zone two.
Example: If you are training four days a week for 20 minutes in the Healthy Heart zone, once a week put the upper and lower limits for the Fitness Zone in your monitor and train there. That would be three days in the Healthy Heart Zone and one day (thatís 25%) in the Fitness Zone. Itís simple.
Slowly increase the amount of time that you spend in the Fitness Zone until you are spending all of your time in the Fitness Zone, then it will be time to try a few minutes in the Performance Zone.
All workout sessions should have the same general layout.
Some Sample Workouts to Help Get You Started
Here are some basic workouts to get you started, but remember that we recommend that you consult a qualified exercise specialist to develop a training program that is designed to meet your needs, goals and abilities.
This should be enough to get you started on the road to a healthier, happier fitness lifestyle.
Importance of exercise and the benefits of heart rate monitors|
Heart Rate Monitors - Determine your maximum heart rate
Heart Rate Monitors - How to Get Started
Heart Rate Monitors - Before you start your exercise programs
|About Sally Edwards. For the past thirty years, Sally Edwards has been racing in the front of the pack in business, sports, and lifestyle training. She is the author of eight sports and nutrition books, including Heart Zone Training (1996) and the Heart Rate Monitor Book (1993) and has lectured worldwide on a broad range of topics including breaking through the barriers that keep us from our personal achievement. She resides in Sacramento, California, and lives the fitness lifestyle that she preaches.|
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