If you have been working out for a while, chances are that you have seen heart rate monitors on treadmills at your gym. You might even be wondering if the numbers displayed by those monitors are accurate. There is some debate about this topic in the scientific community, but many people believe that they give an accurate readout of someone's heart rate during their workout.
To find out more about how these machines work and when they are most effective, keep reading!
The treadmills at the gym have heart rate monitors that are supposed to give you an accurate reading of your heart rate. However, these sensors can be off by up to 20 beats per minute, which is significant when you're trying to get a workout in and keep track of how hard your heart is working.
Whether or not it's worth taking the time to find out if yours is inaccurate depends on what kind of information you're looking for from the monitor. If all you want is a general idea of how much effort your body has been putting into exercise then they can still be useful but if accuracy matters then there are other sources like chest straps that might suit better.
Treadmill manufacturers have been using pulse oximeters on their machines for years now in order to measure the oxygen level in our blood as we exercise. Pulse oximeters take a reading by shining light through our finger or toe and measuring how much of it is absorbed.
This gives the user a reading of their blood oxygen saturation level which is an accurate way to measure how much work they are doing on the treadmill but this isn't what most people want from their heart rate monitor, really it's just shorthand for exercise intensity.
If you're looking for information about your target heart rate zone then chest straps with built in pulse oximeters can be useful because not only do they give a more accurate picture of how hard you've been working than any kind of wrist or arm-mounted monitors. Since the strap wraps around your upper body and close to your heart there should never be any lag between when something happens during exercise and when that change registers on screen.
The human heart rate is the number of contractions of the heart in one minute. The maximum healthy resting rate for a person ranges from 60 to 100 beats per minute. A good general rule to follow is that you should be exercising at a level that gets your heart rate up into your target zone, which can be calculate by subtracting your age from 220 and then multiplying that number by .60-1.0.
How do you know if your heart rate is good while on the treadmill? To find a good range, look for your age and then add an additional 10-20 beats per minute. For example, if you are 20 years old, your heart rate should be between 110-130 bpm for optimal health benefits. This is also true of other cardio exercises like elliptical or stationary bike.
A good heart rate for treadmill workouts is typically considered to be 120-130 BPM. This number will vary based on the person's fitness level, age and gender as well. It should also take into consideration that some people do not have a problem with high or low blood pressure levels while others are sensitive to it.
The 120-130 BPM range can give you an indication of your target zone which would help in achieving optimal fat loss results from your workout sessions.
In conclusion, the heart rate monitors on treadmills are about accurate as other cardio exercises. If you want to know your target zone for fat loss and optimal health benefits, it is recommended that you use a heart monitor at all times during any form of exercise such as treadmill or elliptical. The most important thing however would be to find out what range works best for your body type.
The difference should also take into consideration fitness level and how some people do not necessarily need an elevated metabolism from exercising in higher zones to lose weight, but instead want to keep their metabolism at a lower rate for the sake of health benefits.
A common question among treadmill users is how to monitor heart rate on a treadmill. The best way to do this is by using the touch screen display that is found at the front of most treadmills. A person can also use their smart phone or other device if they are near one of these types of devices while exercising, but it's not always convenient and there may be times when you don't have access to another device.
Exercise monitors for treadmills will provide an accurate reading as well, but they may need some time before providing a reading after starting up your workout session- so keep in mind that it's best to know what your resting heart rate is before beginning exercise so you can compare any readings from an exercise monitor with what would be considered a good resting heart rate.
It's important to know your personal level of fitness before using any type of exercise monitor for the first time, and that includes knowing what is a good heart rate range as well. A person's heart rate can be monitored with an ECG machine or by taking their pulse manually (with two fingers on either side of the carotid artery in neck) but it's not always easy to figure out which one will work best- they have different purposes so you may need both types at some point for various reasons.