Learning to Run With A Heart Rate Monitor

Running is an interesting sport.  At the bare minimum it requires no special technology.  However, if you want to go all out, then you can spend thousands of dollars on cloths, shoes, and running aids to enhance and optimize the experience.  From portable water containers with straws to fancy GPS units, there is no end to the things you can get.


One piece of technology that has improved dramatically over the past few years are heart rate monitors.  Heart rate monitors originally came to the attention of runners because it can provide useful information about your body, which may otherwise be hidden.  If you have never run with one before, then they may be a little daunting.


Why Wear A Heart Rate Monitor?


A heart rate monitor does what it implies.  It monitors your heart rate.  Your heart rate will reflect how hard you are trying when you go for a run.  Sometimes, your heart rate with be high and the run will feel easy.  Most of the time however, your heart rate will reflect how challenging the run is.  For runners looking to decrease/increase the intensity of their run, a heart rate monitor can give them at the moment details allowing them to adjust accordingly.  In short, while heart rate monitors are not necessary, they can provide useful information.  Without them, all people have to go on is a guess influenced by how challenging the run feels at the moment.


Decide on a Kind of Model


Wearing a heart rate monitor means having another thing that you will have to wear when you go for a run.  There are many different makes and models of heart rate monitors.  The monitors themselves do not need to go over your heart.  Rather, they can be placed anywhere where your pulse is noticeable.  This includes around your wrist and stomach.  There are a number of heart rate belts, as well as watches to choose from.  Where as heart rate monitor belts are considered a little more accurate then the watches, the watches are significantly easier to wear and read.  In the end, it will come down to practicality and your personal preference.


Reading What It Tells You


Learning to run with a heart monitor means using the information displayed to change your run accordingly.  The information can be very useful allowing you to control the intensity.  However, it first requires that you be able to read the information that it is telling you.  Many companies break down beats per minute into a small range, with 0 representing low heart rate and the highest number representing very high intensity.  Before going for your run, try your best to memorize their system.  That way, when you see 3B flash on the screen, you know that you are on course for a medium intensity workout.  Other heart rate monitors will require you having an understanding of a your base level beats per minute, as well as exercise level.  These may take some time for you to develop.


If you start to learn to run with a heart rate monitor you can certainly increase your running. Slowly increase and become better until you go extreme!