Most elliptical trainers include heart rate monitor located on stationary handlebars in front of the console. The main aim of this device is to monitor your heart and control your heart rate. There is also another device called heart rate control (HRC) which controls the intensity of your workout by defining the heart rate level you wish to maintain.
The Importance of Heart Rate Monitor During the Workout
If you exercise in different zones (Intensity Levels) you can achieve different results.
For example, if your heart rate is low during your workout you won't get maximum benefits from your training session. But if your heart rate is too high your workout will be more productive and effective. The most popular type of workout nowadays is interval training. During this workout you train different zones, going from high exertion to cool down periods. This is a proven method which provides great results for the short period of time.
How Can you Optimize your Workout with Heart Control and Monitoring?
Whether you are trying to lose excess weight or training for a marathon, exercising in the proper heart rate zone can be very helpful.
Look through the example of the various heart rate zones and how they rate to walking or running:
1. The Healthy Heart Zone: 50% - 60% of your individual maximum heart rate. This safe and convenient zone can be achieved by a brisk walk.
2. The Temperate Zone: 60% - 70% of your individual maximum heart rate. It can be reached through a slow jog.
3. The Aerobic Zone: 70% - 80% of your individual maximum heart rate. A moderate run should be chosen.
4. The Anaerobic Threshold Zone: 80% - 90% of your individual maximum heart rate. The zone can be reached through a "burning" run.
5. The Redline Zone: 90% - 100% of your individual maximum heart rate. This zone isreached through a full out running, and is often chosen while doing intervals at high intensity. You should be very careful while choosing this zone because it may cause injury if sustained for a long period.