The best way to improve your fitness and see your results is to train at the right intensity. A heart rate monitor is the easiest and the most accurate way to measure exercise intensity so that you know when to safely push harder and when to slow down. It provides a simple, yet highly accurate gauge for getting the most from your exercise sessions. Using a heart rate monitor will motivate you with measurable fitness results and make exercise safer and help you achieve your personal fitness goals faster.
The Polar Heart Rate monitors are the best on the market. They are amongst the most accurate, easy to use, comfortable and reliable monitors on the market while being reasonably priced.
The model I recommend to my clients is the FT4. It offers useful basic features and it has sporty good looks and has a price tag that anyone can afford, not just pro athletes. It comes in several colors, bronze, silver, red and hot pink.
The FT4 features a big display to display heart rate, maximum heart rate, exercise time, time in target zone, and time of day. It calculates your target heart zone to help you train safely and effectively. It has a stop watch feature and an alarm with snooze function. The audible and visual alarm features are there to remind you when you have moved out of your zone.
It keeps a record of up to 10 training workouts. So this is a great way for you to keep track of your progress. The FT4 keeps track of calories burned during a session and cumulatively over time, maximum heart rate, exercise time, time in target zone and many others by doing automatic calculations.
The FT4 has a coded heart rate transmission so that it doesn’t interfere with other heart rate monitors that are near you.
It’s water resistant so you can wear it with confidence when you swim or get caught in the rain.
One of the convenient new capabilities is that you can change the battery yourself. Previously a battery change required a trained technician.
The Polar FT4 heart rate monitor is a great tool for athletes that are looking to train and analyze progress over time and those who want basic heart rate-based features to keep their fitness training simple.