Common Heart Rate Monitor Mistakes

Common Heart Rate Monitor and Training

We have all heard the saying, “we all make mistakes sometimes!” and
in some cases it is usually brushed off. However, a mistake in training
and also how you use your heart rate monitor could mean the difference
between reaching your fitness or weight loss goals or not. I have
compiled a list of common mistakes that we usually do during training,
especially when using a heart rate monitor. Do note that this list is
not “all” the mistakes that is made. There are so many more and these
will be added in time.

Training Mistake #1: Not Setting Out a Clear Goal

When you decide to start training, an important factor for your
workouts is the goals that you will set for yourself. Many people do up a
training program without first understanding what they want from it.
For instance, I wouldn’t walk into the gym today and start on every
weight training machine in there if I wanted to run a marathon. I
wouldn’t be bulking up on my upper body for that! You got to sit down
and decide what you want to achieve. If it’s to be a body builder than
fine, you will touch all the weight machines. But, if it is to run a
marathon than I think that you will have a different program.

Training Mistake #2: Not Knowing Factors the Affect Heart

There are many factors that affect heart rate. Though you may be
doing the same exercise routines everyday, you may sometimes notice that
your working heart rate may be different. There are several factors for
this ranging from temperature and water balance to caffeine intake and
even stress. This stress can either be psychological or physical. It is
important that you be aware of these factors that affect your heart

Training Mistake #3: Not Analyzing your Heart Rate and
Training Data

One of the advantages of using a heart rate monitor is to analyze the
data after a workout. It is one of those training tools that allow for
this to happen. Advanced heart monitor watches from manufacturers such
as Garmin and Polar allow for users to acquire so much data. For
instance, they would not only collect heart rate data but also calories
burnt, speed, distance and pace data along with a host of other
important training information. With all the data you receive, you get a
better understanding of your body and can see where changes and
improvements can be made.


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