Heart Rate Monitors - How to Get Started
Physical activity is one of life’s most individual pursuits. Still, many people have found they work out better with others so they can get on-the-spot feedback and motivation for their fitness efforts. When you have a heart rate monitor, it doesn’t matter if you are working out alone or with a group, you now have an extremely reliable, precise source of feedback. Around the world, people are discovering that a heart rate monitor is the best workout partner they've ever had.
Your Heart Rate Monitor is a highly-sophisticated electronic device. Under most circumstances it is as accurate as the ECG machines that you see in a hospital. It is not however, infallible and a short lesson on how a heart rate monitor works will greatly enhance your enjoyment of the product. There are essentially two parts to your monitor:
|The transmitter strap picks up a heart beat by sensing the small electrical charge that goes through your body caused by your heart contracting. That heart beat is transmitted by a small radio transmitter to a very strong receiver in the watch. Inside the watch the information is processed by a computer chip and your heart rate is displayed on the screen. Under most circumstances that is all that there is to it.
There are two areas where outside information or interference can enter the system:
There are a number of external sources that may interfere with the function of your heart rate monitor. Generally, these problems will show themselves in the form of dramatic swings in the heart rate number showing on the screen or in a total loss of the heart rate signal for a period of time. While there is nothing that can be done to eliminate these problems, they are usually transient and will either quickly go away or can be eliminated by moving out of the area of interference. The types of interference that you may encounter most often are:
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|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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