So, you have decided to buy a heart rate monitor huh? For weight loss purposes, for better performance at your sport, or just for fun? It doesn’t matter, any reason to get a heart rate monitor is a good one! However, deciding which heart rate monitor you should buy isn’t an easy choice and will be determined by the question: “what are you going to use the monitor for?”. Goals If your goal is weight loss, you should definitely have a heart rate monitor who provides info about the total number of calories burned. If you’re an athlete in competition, you might want to have some more options on your monitor than if you’re just getting started. Eg. memorising earlier workouts, time zones, lap times… Think about the future While you may think you only need something to measure your heart rate now, you can completely change your mind within 6 months! What if you decide to lose weight, but don’t know how many calories you’ve burnt on your 30 minute jog from this morning? Or what if you decide to enter a marathon? You won’t be happy then if you only got a simple heart rate monitor then. So while you may think you don’t need many features, just to be sure, take some extra’s that you might use later. A good rule is: if you think in yourself “hmm, that’s a cool feature that might come in handy”, then buy a monitor with that feature. Else you might be sorry whenever you’ll need it. Budget The price of a heart rate monitor is usually what determines what kind of heart rate monitor that you’ll buy. If you don’t want or don’t need all the gadgets, then don’t spend hundreds of dollars on the watch. Don’t be too stingy either though, the cheap models might be of a lot worse quality, and could, for example, count your heart rate in an incorrect way. A simple model might cost $50. Ease of Use This is something you should also consider when buying a heart rate monitor, especially if you’re not gifted with a talent to work with computers, microwaves, and other electrical machines. Heart rate monitors can work in a very complicated way, depending on the number of buttons and menus. This can be very annoying, eg. you’re in the middle of a workout and suddenly you accidentally press a button which leads you to another menu. If you’re in the middle of running, you would have to stand still and hope you can solve it with just 1 button, but you can make it even worse by pressing the wrong button! Luckily, these errors can be prohibited by locking your heart rate monitor’s buttons.
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