Good morning #fitfam. This week we’re dishing up getting and staying fit with the latest and greatest fitness gadgets and apps.
If I would have been asked what my favorite fitness gadget is 10 years ago I would have a long fun list of the latest gizmos that promise to improve performance.
Now, my one and only fitness gadget is the handy dandy heart rate monitor.
What started out as a necessity, maximizing workouts in as little time as possible, has turned into a more permanent training technique.
Interval training can be done anywhere: at home, in a hotel room, in a park, at a gym, etc. And typically, in 30 minutes or less. Everyone can find 30 minutes in their day right.
Shorter training sessions with varying levels of intensity have been found to match or surpass results of moderate intensity, long duration workouts.
Interval training is easy to adapt to any type of workout, can be done with or without equipment and can be targeted to achieve a variety of different health and fitness goals. Wearing a heart rate monitor while helps keeps you in check with your training goals.
Training with heart rate zones, provides a real-time, continuous, dynamic representation of your physiological response to different types and intensities of exercise.
Helps prevent injury caused by overtraining.
Assists in training efficiency & effectiveness by telling you when you’re below, in, or above your target heart rate zone.
Help develop the body’s ability to use fat as fuel.
Allows individuals to effectively track their progress.
Each zone builds a strong fitness and cardiorespiratory base to build on in subsequent zones.
How do I calculate my training heart rate?
I could give you this formula
Target Heart Rate = ((max HR − resting HR) × % Intensity) + resting HR
Or, I could say use a Target Heart Rate Calculator for the sake of ease.
IMPORTANT: The heart rate zones should never be your only source of information to determine your training intensities. The calculated training zones are an effective guide to be used along with your level of fitness, fitness goals and listening to your body.
Sources: Mayo Clinic, NASM
Do you set a specific goal for your workouts? Have you ever used your heart rate to monitor workouts? What is your favorite fitness gadget?
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