Heart Monitors

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Exercise accessories make workouts and performance information easier for the beginner and the athlete in training. By offering convenient, reliable, user-friendly fitness equipment, major brands encourage people to start moving and take up an exercise program that suits them. By giving feedback about your heart rate, heart zone, and time spent in that zone, exercise accessories let you measure your progress toward meeting your fitness goals.

Probably the most crucial accessories are heart rate monitors because they give continuous information about your performance. By telling you with mathematical exactness how well your heart is faring and how long you have been able to stay at your personal intensity level (heart zone), these monitors help you to have a safe, but challenging, workout. To meet your fitness goals, you must exercise at the right intensity, and monitors provide the data that let you determine the right level.

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