Heart rate monitors are invaluable if you want to keep an eye on how you are doing and push yourself to safe limits. They enable you to pace yourself and intensify your workout to increase aerobic fitness and calorie burn.
Pedometers are basic pieces of kit that measure your progress in steps, miles or kilometres, specified by you. Some will also calculate how many calories you’re burning. Pedometers are usually built in to heart rate monitors.
Heart rate monitors range from those that strap around the chest to the more familiar fitness tracker watch such as Fitbit with many different functions. Garmin fitness trackers range from those for kids encouraging a lifetime of healthy habits to smart watches packed with advanced features such as built-in activity profiles, VO2 Max estimates and performance metrics. Many also include GPS.
Fitness trackers can be helpful in all situations. If you’re using dumbbells or other free weights, you will probably want to combine your sessions with aerobic activity. A home gym including an exercise bike or treadmill is ideal because you’ll be able to incorporate interval training into your regime, providing a full cardiovascular workout, which is great for the heart. If you are interested in exploring the great outdoors while exercising, then check out our range of mountain bikes.