Monitoring your heart rate has gone mainstream thanks to technological advancements and the availability of gadgets. These Gadgets have gradually become our partners. We use them more frequently now, from entertainment, during workouts to sleeping or monitoring the state of your body at home or while at work during breaks among others.
Ranging from phone applications to smartwatches, to screens put up at the gym, we often have a device that checks and reports on our vital signs, sleeping patterns, and overall activity.
There are important questions that you need to ask yourself as you use these devices. What does a heart rate of about 147 tell you? Is it a good thing or a bad thing? The 5000 steps that you took today? Are they worth bragging to your friends about? What impact do they have on your general health?
Even as you use these gadgets, you need to always remember that is not so much about the numbers as it is about the behaviors as well as the motivation that these numbers help to create.
Devices that monitor your heart rate are considered to be good at measuring the intensity of your workout. Your heart rate will help you to know what the intensity of your workout was and help you to determine whether it resembles the image you created in your mind.
What exactly is a Heart Rate Monitor?
Heart rate monitors are now integrated into watches, workout machines, and smartphones. Even as you focus on the tickers, do you know what exactly you are looking at as part of monitoring your heart rate? If so, how should that information guide your workouts? Below is a guide that is helpful in interpreting the numbers that you see in devices that assist in monitoring your heart rate.
An average resting heart rate is between 60-80 beats per minute. The maximum target heart rate is gotten by taking 220 and deducting your age. Therefore, for a 20-year-old, the maximum target heart rate would be 200. This will then help you get moderate-intensity beats range that is usually 50-69 percent of your maximum heart rate which equals around 70 to 104 beats per minute for a 20-year-old. You can also get your high-intensity beats to a range that is usually 70-90 percent of the maximum heart rate.
This, therefore, equals around 105 to 142 beats for a 20-year-old.
Interpretation of data when monitoring your heart rate
Having gotten this information, how exactly do you then apply it? Does it make you commit faithfully to your 30 minutes high-intensity workouts four times a week? Will this then be the perfect workout to help you lose weight, and keep fit?
Research shows that monitoring your heart rate is useful in evaluating how hard you are exercising.
However, this will not always help in achieving the expected ambitious results based on monitoring your heart rate regularly. It should also not be treated as a substitute for the old-fashioned way of listening to your body. An easier way of knowing how well you are doing during your workout is checking to see whether you can engage in a conversation as you work out. If you can, it’s highly likely that your heart rate is in a good place.
However, if you can’t engage in a conversation and are feeling light-headed, you should keep a close eye on your heart rate as this could mean that you are pushing yourself a bit too hard.
Therefore, the key is listening to your body to know how you feel, in order to have an effective workout.