Aerobic exercise and heart rate go hand in hand. And if you really want to progress your fitness, then keeping a close eye on your heart rate is a great idea. You don’t have to go spending money on expensive sports heart rate monitors (though you could add it to your Christmas wish list if you like!).
To monitor you fitness progress, all you need to do is take your pulse first thing in the morning and jot down the result. Over time, you should gradually see your heart rate decreasing, which is a reflection of your fitness progress.
Why does your heart rate have a bearing on your fitness? Because your heart is a muscle, and like any muscle, the stronger it becomes the more efficient it also becomes. In the case of your heart, the stronger it is the more blood it can pump with each beat, which means it needs to beat less frequently. Hence your heart rate will gradually decrease as you become fitter and your heart becomes stronger.
If you do want to take your training to the next level, and really push yourself to achieve maximum fitness, then you are best investing in a decent sports heart rate monitor.
When exercising, depending on a number of factors such as your age, sex, fitness goal, etc., you should be working to a specific aerobic intensity to be able to make consistent gains in your fitness. And this is where the heart rate monitor comes in to play.
You can set your monitor to alert you when your heart rate goes above or below a certain range, i.e. when you are working too hard or not working hard enough! If you consistently work in your aerobic target for prolonged periods of time then your fitness will surely increase!
Aerobic Exercise and Heart Rate – A guide to your Health Related Fitness
If you have no specific sporting or fitness goal, and just want to lead a healthier active lifestyle, then I would just monitor your heart rate in the morning over time as I mentioned above.
You don’t even have to do it every day. Just check it a couple of days each week and after a few weeks you’ll certainly see the benefits, provided you keep to your fitness regime. Take a look at this fitness training discussion and also read more about the components of health related fitness and why you should stick to your healthy lifestyle.
Questions and Answers for Aerobic Exercise and Heart Rate
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