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Here's why you should train with a heart rate monitor

We recently launched our new NuBand Pro HR + GPS tracker and we are so excited to finally share what we've been working on with you. With built-in GPS you can track steps, distance and calories, helping you to achieve your day-to-day goals. The dynamic heart rate monitor keeps a finger on your pulse and constantly records your heart rate which you can access, along with all your other activity stats, via the free NuBand app.

If there is one thing most athletes and runners incorporate into their trainings is the use of Heart Rate Training and monitoring. And today we are sharing why we think you should be using it and incorporating it into your workout routine too. We will run through everything from what it is, why we think it's a great tool and it's benefits. One of the most important aspects of our training is knowing at what intensity we are working our body at. Your hear rate is measured by the amount of times it beats per minute, with this being said during a rested period we would be looking at ideally a lower heart rate. But what does this mean and how can I utilise it? We are all well aware of the benefits of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle, and because our heart is a muscle, it becomes stronger as you exercise it, and need to take this muscle group into account just like we would any other part of our body.

When it comes to your workouts, if you maintain the same level of intensity over and over throughout the workouts, it's unlikely you will progress. It's often seen you either find yourself working too hard and not hard enough, and on occasion this can be taken one step too far by training everyday at maximum effort until we are absolutely exhausted, not allowing yourself to recover properly and putting too much strain on your heart. Measuring our heart rate during exercise can help determine when you are pushing it too hard, and when we need to push it that bit harder to achieve the goals we are after. 

By monitoring our session through our heart rate, you can gauge the intensity of your workouts, and make your trainings even more effective. By identifying your heart rate zones throughout your sessions, you can learn your different stages of fatigue, each of these heart rate zones have different potential benefits for your workout.

There are three main heart rate zones: aerobic/low intensity, anaerobic/moderate intensity, and anaerobic/high intensity. We've all noticed that point when your heart rate begins to climb and alongside it your fatigue increases, this is due to our muscles not being able to dispose of the lactic acid they produce, this is what's known as the anaerobic threshold. So for example if you are looking to improve your anaerobic threshold, You will need to find an intensity that you can keep up for a prolonged period without your heart rate increasing. 

A great benefit is being able to monitor your workouts, leading up to that big goal you have set out to achieve. By monitoring your heart rate you can tune in with your body and compare the differences on how you physically feel between your slow tempo recovery run, your interval sessions or your anaerobic training workouts, these are great ways for finding your rhythm. For example on those days when you are meant to take it easy, monitor your heart rate and make sure it doesn't go above that 75 percent, by doing this when your next hard session comes around you won't be feeling fatigued from a previous session that you went too intense on.  

Our Nuband Pro, is easy to use and great for all types of exercise at all levels. Perfect to make sure we aren't over doing it, and monitor our workouts to achieve optimal effectiveness. 

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