While many people may be overwhelmed by the large number of fitness apps, gadgets and gear available (and there are quite a few of them on the market) choosing the right health technology will help improve your fitness, recovery time and stop you from putting a strain on your body.
Getting off the couch and going for a run, particularly when you have spent more time in front of the television than you’d like to admit, can be more hazardous to your health than you realise. This isn’t to say that you should avoid working out as long term exercise warns off diabetes, depression and gives you energy but that you should listen to your body and understand what’s normal and what isn’t.
Everyone’s body is different and this extends to your heart. Not all heart rhythms sound the same and it is quite common for your heart to occasionally skip a beat or flutter. Tracking your heart beat when it’s resting, during light and high impact exercise will let you know what is normal for your body. Knowing what your heart rate is whilst training will allow you to work to the best of your ability without over doing it.
The heart works by pumping blood and oxygen around the body. The harder you work out the faster your heart beats. If you haven’t worked out in a while, your heart will work harder to pump the blood and oxygen to your muscles tiring you more easily. As you gain stamina and endurance your heart won’t need to work as hard meaning you can exercise at a higher level.
Health technology such as a Bluetooth heart rate monitor allows you to know which heart training zone you are in. There are four training zone which will help improve your fitness levels in different ways. The recovery zone 60-70%, the aerobic zone 70-80%, the anaerobic zone 80-90% and the red line zone 90-100%. By exercising at a heart rate of 60-70% in the recovery zone will allow you to build up your stamina and slowly burn off fat. At a heart rate of 70-80% it will help to improve your cardiovascular system and improve your body’s ability to pump oxygen around the body and remove carbon dioxide. At 80-90% it will help improve your body’s ability to remove lactic acid. Exercising at a 90-100% should only be for short bursts and will help you to develop speed.
Unlike what you see on science programs, it is now relatively easy to measure your heart rate without the need to run on a treadmill with lots of wires attached to your chest. Wireless technology makes it possible to monitor improvements in your fitness levels, understand what is normal for your body and whether you are pushing it too far so that you can exercise safely.