We hear a lot about heart rate in the fitness world and on shows like the Biggest Loser. Should you do HIIT (high intensity interval training) or should you keep your heart rate in the "fat burning mode", let's be honest, it can all be a bit confusing.
One day we hear "keep your heart rate up to blast off the fat", and the next thing we hear them saying is "keep your heart rate in the "fat burning" range". The very next day they are telling you that there is no such thing as a fat burning zone. Oy Vey, what's a person supposed to believe? It can leave your head spinning like the wheels of your bike after you crash and burn headlong into your neighbors hedge. True story, only the hedge may or may not be fictional.
Running For Fitness is a great place to find out what your "zones" are. Just plug in your numbers and it will break down your zones into 4 segments and explain each one.
Heart.com has a great chart explaining heart rate basics.
Top End Sports explains how to measure your heart rate, and this method can be used for resting or exercise heart rates. I personally use this method.
Heart rate monitors are the best for measuring and recording your heart rate during exercise.
REI has a great article on how to choose your heart rate monitor as well as who can benefit from having one. I know a lot of runners who use fitbit, polar fit, body bug etc...the list is seemingly endless. LIVESTRONG gives a great article on what heart rate monitors do and what would be best for you.
Anyone can use a heart rate monitor. Not everyone needs a heart rate monitor. Some hrm's can be frustrating, some can be easy peasy, I can't tell you which one you would like, you'll just have to go research that yourself. I have yet to plunk down my money for one...I think I'll just stick to the old school way of counting heartbeats for 10 seconds and multiplying by 12.
Blessings and hugs to all who came by to read my running blog today. May you have sunshine on your shoulder (be sure to wear sunscreen) and joy in your life today and while your at it, spread some of that joy around.
Godspeed...this comes from the Middle English expression "God spede (you)", a wish for success and fortune for one setting out on an enterprise, voyage, adventure, or travels. It may also mean good luck.
"Limitations only exist if you let them"
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