What is a good way to monitor your heart rate? Using a heart rate monitor is a great way to keep up with your heart rate. It is important to keep up with your heart rate so you can:
Find the right pace and intensity of exercise. Exercising too hard may lead to stopping the exercise before you have reached maximum benefit. Exercising too leisurely will not burn fat or strengthen your heart. Exercising at a target heart rate is valuable. Exercising too hard or too easy will not provide the maximum benefit. By knowing your heart rate you can make the most of your exercise time.
Another benefit of using a heart rate monitor is to measure your stress level. As stress increases so does your heart rate. By recognizing this you can keep stress under control when you see how it is affecting you.
I’m Steve Taylor, Physical Therapist of Southern Physical and Occupational Therapy Services
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