Reaching your heart rate zone

You can train with a heart monitor to boost your cardio.
You can train with a heart monitor to boost your cardio.

If you want to boost your cardio but don't want to stop during your workout to see what your heart rate is, try learning to train with a monitor.

You can determine your heart rate manually by taking the number 206 and subtracting your age. You then multiply that number by 0.88 to get your maximum beats per minute. This number is what you should be trying to reach during each workout in order to get the most benefit. 

If you want to reach 60 to 75 percent of your maximum heart rate, do a light to moderate intensity workout. This zone means you should be able to sing while working out. 

A moderately challenging workout such as a brisk pace will get you in between 75 and 85 percent of your target heart rate. 

Reaching 85 to 90 percent of your maximum heart rate includes a high intensity workout and is good at one to four minute intervals while an all out sprint will get your around the 90 to 95 percent zone.

Heart rate monitors
According to Women's Health Magazine, there are three heart rate monitors that are great for seeing how you're getting the cardio up and the blood pumping while staying on track with your weight loss plan. If you want to get a snapshot of your real-time heart rate while working out, you can sync the Armour39 with your Bluetooth smartphone. 

You can easily track both your steps and how many calories you've burned throughout the day with the New Balance Lifetrnr. This device comes with a button that will give you an accurate heart rate at anytime. 

If you're doing interval training, the MIO Alpha provides you with visual and audible alerts to let you know your heart rate zone. 

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