Why You Need A Heart Rate Monitor (or an Apple Watch!)

Because it works! As in: it greatly assists in training efficiently. Go Get One!

If there’s one accessory in particular that’ll get your fitness game on fleek, it’s the heart rate monitor. Not to knock colorful headbands and tank tops (because we’re all for a little fitness flair!), but these gadgets go beyond the cosmetic and may help your overall fitness.

Case in point: Using a heart rate monitor may help you find your running sweet spot (aka your ideal training pace) and prevent overtraining. (More on that below.) Plus, gadgets that monitor heart rate are relatively affordable compared to other schmancy fitness trackers, so there’s plenty of value. Best of all, it’s pretty easy to use: Simply strap the heart rate monitor on, connect it to an app or a watch (the monitors themselves often won’t have displays) and get your sweat on. These days, there are even “strapless” heart rate monitors that pick up your pulse from your wrist.

And while you can technically use these tech toys during any workout, they’re especially useful during certain scenarios.

We’ll get into that in a next article. That’s a promise.

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From personal experience we can say that nearly all kinds and models do the job. But if you needed that final little push to get yourself an Apple Watch… THIS IS IT!

Most of the leading running apps now function with the Apple Watch. If you are the kind of the person that would take your iPhone with you on a run, just in case you got hurt or lost (it happens to the best of us!), then we can truly recommend it. Near all heart rate monitor watches used to come with a chest strap, but the Apple Watch (to be fair, just like the latest models of most other running watches) can do without. Rather accurately as well. Decide to still wear the strap (like in winter, when the watch goes over your sleeve) and the apps will choose that feed. EASY.

Wether you go for the Apple Watch or an other fancy running watch: you WILL train better and therefore improve faster.

We’ll put a review article up shortly to assist in choosing the perfect watch for you.

In the mean time: Enjoy yourselves out there!

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Introduction from the article by Alexandra Duron

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