A running heart rate monitor supports you in achieving your goals and helps manage your exertion. If you are out of breath, it will help you find your comfortable pace. If you want to lose weight, it will help you adapt your pace to burn up more fat. If you want to make progress, it will help you follow your training plan properly. Here is how to choose your heart rate monitor according to your goal.

WHY RUN WITH A HEART RATE MONITOR?

The heart rate is measured in BPM (beats per minute). The higher the intensity of your physical activity, the faster your heart beats and hence the higher your BPM value.

By measuring your heart rate, you can establish which exertion zone you are in: warm-up, comfort, endurance, resistance or hard resistance. Each of these zones has different effects on your body: comfortable running, weight loss, better endurance, progress, etc.

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THE VARIOUS EXERTION ZONES

Your exertion zones are calculated according to your maximum heart rate (maxHR)

     - Warm-up: 50 to 60% of your maxHR

     - Comfort: 60 to 70% of your maxHR

     - Endurance: 70 to 80% of your maxHR

     - Resistance: 80 to 90% of your maxHR

     - Hard resistance: 90-100% of your maxHR

OBJECTIVE: TO FIND YOUR BREATH/BURN UP FAT

Are you running to find your breath, burn up fat or simply for your well-being? It's useful to know which exertion zone you are in so that you can run at the right pace - the one you feel comfortable in and in which your exertion will be effective. In this case, cardio watches indicating your exertion zones are ideal. These watches express your heart rate only in BPM, enabling you to adapt your pace. Nevertheless, you must first calculate what your comfort zone corresponds to in beats per minute.

OBJECTIVE: TO FOLLOW A TRAINING PLAN AND MAKE PROGRESS

Do you want to make progress with running by following a training plan? They are expressed in % of maximum heart rate to take account of your state of fatigue during your preparation. A heart rate monitor is essential to measure and monitor your heart rate. It's up to you to choose whether you would rather invest in a cardio wrist watch or the dual cardio watch and waistband. Although the latter option is more restrictive since you have to wear a waistband, remember that this cardio measurement is slightly more accurate and sensitive than a cardio wrist watch. Whatever you choose, opt for a cardio watch that lets you manually programme your interval training exercises, which will simplify your running routine.

OBJECTIVE: TO MONITOR YOUR DEVELOPMENT OVER SEVERAL SESSIONS

Do you want to use your smartphone application to monitor how your heart rate develops over several sessions? It is wise to opt for Bluetooth heart rate monitors compatible with your application, which will enable you to save data from your running sessions.

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RUNNING HEART RATE MONITOR PRODUCT MANAGER

If you are running for your well-being, to stay and shape and to do yourself some good, then you should choose the 'Comfort' and 'Endurance' zones. These correspond to moderate exertion which will allow you to keep smiling during your jogging sessions.