Heart rate monitors

Working out hard or hardly working out?

Strap on a heart monitor ($50 and up) and you can see if you are exercising at the right intensity to achieve your exercise goals.

To maximize health benefits, the American Heart Association suggests a target heart rate for exercisers of 50 to 85 percent of their maximum heart rate, calculated by subtracting your age from 220.

When shopping for a heart rate monitor, you may want to choose a model that can calculate calories burned during your workout.

“A gadget that tracks the number of calories burned can be a great motivator for exercisers,” says Jessica Matthews, M.S., an exercise science expert with the American Council on Exercise.

“Individuals can make the comparison between what they consume to the number of calories they burn by performing a certain activity.”

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