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Using a heart rate monitor to help you lose weight

heart rate monitor

Working out endlessly without results? Have you watched your BMI stay the same or even start to creep up? Have you tried a heart rate monitor to get better weight loss results? A heart rate monitor makes you aware of your target and optimum heart rate for maximum results.  You want your heart rate to be between 60-80% of your maximum heart rate to see the benefit.  This means you’ll push yourself more, giving you more effective results.  Results=being in the ZONE!!

Get in the weight loss zone by using a heart rate monitor !!

One of the secrets to optimal fitness isn’t just the amount of exercise you get, it’s the intensity of that exercise.  Using a heart rate monitor will help you get to the “sweet spot” of heartbeats per minute; therefore aiding in your weight loss goals.  A heart rate monitor is the only true way to see what your heart rate is. The built in heart rate monitors on exercise equipment unfortunately overestimate calories burned, which can in turn mislead you into believing you have burned more calories than you actually have.  Unfortunate, but true.

One of the benefits of using a heart rate monitor is that it helps you achieve the optimal heart rate zone for your specific weight loss goals.  Essentially, think of the heart rate monitor as your pacer, telling you when to speed up or slow down.

The heart rate monitor may be your most valuable piece of exercise equipment you own to help you lose weight.  Your heart rate is the only number that is essential.  Why you may ask? It is because your individual heart rate provides a true index of your current fitness level as a solid way to measure your fitness improvement. So what else can you use your heart rate monitor to measure?

So what’s the formula to achieving optimal health and weight loss?

(220 – your age) x 0.6 = 60% maximum heart rate

(220 – your age) x 0.8 = 80% maximum heart rate

ex. 59 year old male

220 – 59 =161

161 x 0.6 = 97

161 x 0.8 = 129

Therefore, this mans heart rate should be between 97-129 beats per minute to be in his target heart rate zone!! Lets get weight loss results!!

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