Use technology to help you stay on track
Heart rate monitors have come a long way! They now can track your steps, your heart rate, your nutrition, your sleep and more. These are a great way to customize your workouts and tailor them to what your body needs. In addition to tools like a heart rate monitor, there are a variety of different tools available to help you set and meet your work out goals. Studies show that smartphone apps and exercise trackers can help to improve fitness.
Get a heart rate monitor
To workout efficiently, it is imperative that you have a heart rate monitor.
- Chest strap monitors are the most accurate. These monitors go around your chest, and typically communicate wirelessly with a watch on your wrist.
- A variety of watches with built in heart rate monitors are now available. They are more convenient than chest straps, but while they are improving rapidly, they are still less accurate at measuring heart rate during exercise.
Use a smartphone app to keep track of your workouts
Motivation is the main factor in improving cardiovascular fitness. Smartphone workout tracker apps have been shown to increase motivation and to provide results similar to going to a gym regularly. They can do everything from suggesting workouts, to tracking your progress during a run, to providing a place to record workouts.
Use a fitness tracker to motivate you
Fitness trackers are devices that you wear on you, and which keep track of the number of steps you take, the number of stairs you climb, and in some cases, your heart rate as well. They allow you to set goals you wish to reach each day. The have been shown to encourage increased activity and thereby improve cardiovascular health.
Particularly for those who are just starting out in their fitness routine, they can provide an easy way to make sure you are getting the exercise you need.
- This is a great swap for utilizing a personal trainer. Some people cannot afford a personal trainer and this is a great way to hold yourself accountable. On the other hand, many fitness professionals use apps like these to keep tabs on their clients.