Keep on top of your optimum cardio workout levels with these little beauties | October, 2019

One of the most accurate, realistic and vital ways to indicate and measure exercise intensity for any type of workout, is to rely on a heart rate monitor. This wonderful gadget paves the way for knowing how to assess the body's levels of fitness and helps you to not just achieve goals, but also exceed current fitness levels. Knowledge is power and tracking your heart rate helps in gathering definitive data about the extent and the circumstances under which you can meet fitness goals, regardless of variables like indoor or outdoor workout, fatigue, sea level, machine or free flow exercises or more. Evaluate your cardiovascular activity during any fitness or training session and benefit from awareness of your body fitness levels.

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Polar FT60 Heart Rate Monitor

Polar FT60 is a marvel when it comes to tracking how much and how intensively to train. This wonder gadget sets weekly training targets and creates a training program based on personal goals. It also shares feedback on the impact of training and has several innovative features. Now get the heart rate displayed as a percentage...Read More

Polar FT60 is a marvel when it comes to tracking how much and how intensively to train. This wonder gadget sets weekly training targets and creates a training program based on personal goals. It also shares feedback on the impact of training and has several innovative features. Now get the heart rate displayed as a percentage of maximum BPM and within target zone indicator. Polar Star offers a personalized training program while the Polar OwnCal mode tracks energy expenditure for single and accumulative workouts.

Pros:

Polar Star personalized training program

Displays heart rate as percentage of maximum, bpm and within target zone indicator

Cons:

Does not work as a pedometer

Brand: Polar-FT60
Model#: 90051009
Weight: 1 pounds
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Wireless S2 Fitness Monitor Smart Bracelet Bluetooth 4.0 Heart Rate monitor

Wireless S2 is a stylish wristband with an amazing heart rate monitor. This functional smart wristband has a smart touchscreen to track your heart rate automatically. Light, easy to put on, and comfortable to use, it offers convenient daily activity tracker to record steps, distance traveled, calories burnt for rope skipping, jumping hacks, sit ups, biking...Read More

Wireless S2 is a stylish wristband with an amazing heart rate monitor. This functional smart wristband has a smart touchscreen to track your heart rate automatically. Light, easy to put on, and comfortable to use, it offers convenient daily activity tracker to record steps, distance traveled, calories burnt for rope skipping, jumping hacks, sit ups, biking and a host of other activities. Enhance the quality of sleep without disturbing your partner, thanks to this amazing and convenient heart rate monitor that tracks the length and depth of your sleep noiselessly and wakes you with a silent alarm.

Pros:

Advanced bluetooth technology

Convenient daily activity tracker

Cons:

Does not count swim laps, cannot be used in water too long

Brand: Wireless S2
Model#: TP-HRM-Red
Weight: 1 ounces
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Fitbit Blaze Special Edition

Get fit at lightning fast speeds with the FitBit Blaze, a heart rate monitor that is perfect for maximizing your daily workout. Use PurePulse continuous wrist-based heart rate monitoring with multi-sport tracking to track runs, cardio, biking, cross-training and more. Record workouts to the dashboard with the SmartTrack. Connected GPS enables route mapping and checking stats...Read More

Get fit at lightning fast speeds with the FitBit Blaze, a heart rate monitor that is perfect for maximizing your daily workout. Use PurePulse continuous wrist-based heart rate monitoring with multi-sport tracking to track runs, cardio, biking, cross-training and more. Record workouts to the dashboard with the SmartTrack. Connected GPS enables route mapping and checking stats like pace and duration on display. Stay linked with call, text and calendar alerts. PurePulse continuous heart rate and multi-sport modes enhance all the different exercises with next-gen features like FitStar workouts and Connected GPS for advanced workouts.

Pros:

Pure Pulse continuous heart rate monitoring

Simplified heart rate zones for checking exercise intensity

Cons:

GPS functionality not housed in device itself

Brand: Fitbit
Model#: Fitbit Blaze
Weight: 1.4 ounces
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Mio LINK Heart Rate Monitor Wrist Band

The Mio LINK heart rate monitor is comfortable and an attractive alternative to a chest strap. Now, record the heart rate during exercise and transmit heart rate data to smartphone, bike computers and GPS watches seamlessly. Sync wirelessly via Bluetooth Smart 4.0 technology to adjust to popular fitness apps. There are 5 heart rate zones with...Read More

The Mio LINK heart rate monitor is comfortable and an attractive alternative to a chest strap. Now, record the heart rate during exercise and transmit heart rate data to smartphone, bike computers and GPS watches seamlessly. Sync wirelessly via Bluetooth Smart 4.0 technology to adjust to popular fitness apps. There are 5 heart rate zones with colored LED lights and water resistance of 3ATM for every 100 feet, adding further value to this monitor. It is compatible with the Mio PAI app for Personal Activity Intelligence. Without strapping the heart rate monitor to your chest, you can use this wrist heart rate monitor to track the heart rate with precision and train with ease.

Pros:

Transmits heart rate to smartphone, GPS watch and bike computer

5 heart rate zones with colored LED lights

Cons:

Not completely waterproof

Brand: Mio
Model#: 56P-GRY-L-P
Weight: 8 ounces
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Polar H7 Bluetooth Heart Rate Sensor & Fitness Tracker

This Polar H7 heart monitor provides accuracy and real time data when it comes to measuring the heart rate. It is compatible to mobile training apps through the Bluetooth Smart technology. Its waterproof heart rate sensor is compatible with a whole host of iPhones and iPads as well as the iPod Nano 7thgeneration. It also offers...Read More

This Polar H7 heart monitor provides accuracy and real time data when it comes to measuring the heart rate. It is compatible to mobile training apps through the Bluetooth Smart technology. Its waterproof heart rate sensor is compatible with a whole host of iPhones and iPads as well as the iPod Nano 7thgeneration. It also offers optimal battery life and the chest strap can be detached from the transmitter easily. Gym Link connects the Polar heart rate monitor with compatible gym equipment.

Pros:

Waterproof heart rate sensor

Strong battery life

Cons:

Cannot withstand direct sunlight for long periods

Brand: Polar
Model#: 92044305-P
Weight: 1 pounds
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Garmin Heart Rate Monitor

This Garmin heart rate monitor is compatible with Edge 305Hr and the Edgecad with heart beats per minute wirelessly transmitting to the forerunner 50. It effectively tracks and records the heart rate while working out, providing instant feedback about the intensity of the workout. This monitor can be worn around the chest to wirelessly transmit the...Read More

This Garmin heart rate monitor is compatible with Edge 305Hr and the Edgecad with heart beats per minute wirelessly transmitting to the forerunner 50. It effectively tracks and records the heart rate while working out, providing instant feedback about the intensity of the workout. This monitor can be worn around the chest to wirelessly transmit the heart rate to a compatible device for consistent feedback. Front end of the strap contains the heart rate module and is composed of flexible plastic. It has water resistance up to 32.9 feet or 10 meters. Its operating temperature also covers a wide range from -10 degree C to 50 degree C.

Pros:

Heart beats per minute wirelessly transmitted

Instant feedback about heart rate

Cons:

Only works with Android phones with ANT+ software

Brand: Garmin
Model#: 010-10997-00
Weight: 4.2 ounces
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Wahoo TICKR Heart Rate Monitor for iPhone & Android

Giving your workout a new edge when it comes to personalized heart rate training, the Wahoo TICKR heart rate monitor offers real time heart rate, calories burnt and training zones on smartphone or tablet through training apps. This is the official heart rate monitor of Team Sky of Tour De France fame. This nifty heart rate...Read More

Giving your workout a new edge when it comes to personalized heart rate training, the Wahoo TICKR heart rate monitor offers real time heart rate, calories burnt and training zones on smartphone or tablet through training apps. This is the official heart rate monitor of Team Sky of Tour De France fame. This nifty heart rate monitor has Bluetooth 4.0 and ANT+ compatibility permitting the heart rate monitor to connect to GPS enabled watches by Garmin, Polar and more. Select iOS and Android devices work with this heart rate monitor which is compatible with over 50 smartphone apps.

Pros:

Personalized heart rate training

Bluetooth 4.0 and ANT+ compatibility

Cons:

The band connects to the monitor with weak metal snaps

Brand: Wahoo TICKR
Model#: WFBTHR02
Weight: 8.5 grams
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Scosche Rhythm+ Heart Rate Monitor Armband

This heart rate monitor is in the form of an armband featuring a large and small orange strap. Train well and meet fitness goals through this smart heart rate monitor for measuring not just the heart rate, but the calories burnt, distance covered, pace and more accurately monitoring intensity levels. RHYTHYM works seamlessly with so many...Read More

This heart rate monitor is in the form of an armband featuring a large and small orange strap. Train well and meet fitness goals through this smart heart rate monitor for measuring not just the heart rate, but the calories burnt, distance covered, pace and more accurately monitoring intensity levels. RHYTHYM works seamlessly with so many health and fitness apps such as DigiFit Runkeeper, Strava and more. Compatible with ANT+ watches and bluetooth smart devices, this heart rate monitor is compatible with over 500 apps. Chest strap replacement that attaches to your forearm for wireless communication that is seamless and its dual processor mode means you can transmit your heart rate to different apps and ANT+ displays.

Pros:

Compatible with ANT+ watches and Bluetooth Smart Devices

Works with as many as 500 apps for sports and fitness

Cons:

Does not store fitness data

Brand: Scosche
Model#: RTHM1.9
Weight: 4 ounces
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Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband

This powerful FitBit heart rate monitor comes with PurePulse automatic wrist based heart rate tracking to measure your daylong calorific burn. The workouts are maximized using simple heart rate zones and you can also rely on prompt notifications. This monitor with its sleep OLED display tracks how well you sleep and wake with a vibrating alarm....Read More

This powerful FitBit heart rate monitor comes with PurePulse automatic wrist based heart rate tracking to measure your daylong calorific burn. The workouts are maximized using simple heart rate zones and you can also rely on prompt notifications. This monitor with its sleep OLED display tracks how well you sleep and wake with a vibrating alarm. Using connected GPS during run mode can point to real time statistics like distance and pace in which it is covered. This heart rate monitor also provides a personalized Cardio fitness score and makes every beat count. Get a snapshot of cardio activity and fitness levels, with additional all day activity and auto sleep tracking.

Pros:

Customizable clock face, interchangeable bands

Auto sleep tracking

Cons:

No heart rate zone vibration alerts

Brand: Fitbit
Model#: FB407SPMS
Weight: 1.1 ounces
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Fitbit Alta HR

Measure the continuous heart rate during workouts, through what is counted as the slimmest design yet during workouts, all day and beyond. With this monitor, you can measure calories burnt and use zones to find the correct workout intensity for your goals. PurePulse powered heart rate monitoring in sleep stages of light, deep and REM are...Read More

Measure the continuous heart rate during workouts, through what is counted as the slimmest design yet during workouts, all day and beyond. With this monitor, you can measure calories burnt and use zones to find the correct workout intensity for your goals. PurePulse powered heart rate monitoring in sleep stages of light, deep and REM are also facilitated through this handy monitor. Track the steps, calories burnt, distance covered and active minutes with this slim heart rate device that offers a week’s worth of battery life. FitBit Alta HR also has a SmartTrack automatic exercise recognition and the ability to display a personalized Cardio Fitness score. An elegant tracker with long battery life.

Pros:

Personalized Cardio fitness score

SmartTrack Automatic exercise recognition

Cons:

Does not have an inbuilt altimeter

Brand: FitbIt
Model#: FitbIt
Weight: 0.8 ounces
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How do Heart Rate Monitors Help you Improve Your Fitness Levels?

If there is one gadget to beat them all, when it comes to tracking your fitness levels, it is the heart rate monitor. These gadgets score on aesthetic appeal and immense functionality to help you uncover your ideal training pace. Gadgets that monitor heart rates offer plenty of value with the portability factor thrown in for a good measure. With the heart rate monitor, it is easy to learn the max heart rate and gauge your heart range for different types of workouts. Scheduling easy workouts is ideal for balance of fitness and recovery.

How to Choose the Best Heart Rate Monitors?

There are so many different heart rate monitor models in the market. The most basic monitors display the heart rate, while more advanced ones track the heart training zones, and some even alert you to the number you’ve gone above or below the pre-programmed number. Countdown timer, calories burnt and pre-programmed workouts are other advantages of choosing this handy gadget. HRMs need to be assessed as to which type they are and the features they possess. Basic models offer up to 3 target zones, while advanced models vary from 3-6 target zones. Sports models feature clocks alarms, countdown timers and calendars. Other features you should look out for is time in target zone, calorie counter, speed and distance monitor, digital interface, tethering, fitness training, coded transmitting, and sports specific features.

Who Can Use Heart Rate Monitors?

Heart rate monitors can be used across a wide range of exercises and physical activities. Joggers and walkers who undertake recreational exercise benefit from heart rate monitors in the same way elite athletes do. Aiming for fat burning and aerobic target zones on HRM, walkers can get more of their workout. A heart rate monitor also maintains peak target zones on intense training days and at aerobic base during easier sessions for runners. Cyclists can track endurance, tempo and interval rides while biking on a trail, road or stationary bike.

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