Written by Bronwyn Griffiths
Originally published October 23, 2020 9:30 am, updated October 30, 2020
Using real-time heart rate data during your workouts means you have instant insight into how your body is responding. This means you’ll be training smarter, which is always better than simply training harder. Here we take a look at the different types of heart rate training and what their benefits are.
HEART RATE AND EXERCISE INTENSITY
In a nutshell, sports training is based on three variables:
Frequency: this is easy to understand. It’s how many times you exercise during a period of time, for example per week.
Duration: again, a simple concept. It’s how long you exercise at a time, usually counted in minutes.
Intensity: this one is a bit more complicated – and that’s where your heart rate zones come in.
Your heart rate is one of the best indicators of how hard your body is working during training. Instead of trying to ‘guesstimate’ the intensity of your workout, your heart rate is a trackable number, just like frequency and duration.
BENEFITS OF HEART RATE TRAINING
There are many reasons for you to track your heartbeats, including both health and performance-related benefits. For example, it may surprise you to learn that faster and harder doesn’t always mean you’ll get the most out of your workout.
Heart rate training optimizes your effort, ensuring every minute of each session count. When you track your workouts with a heart rate monitor and prioritize your recovery time, you’ll increase your fitness and improve your performance.
So, a solid training plan should include a variety of workouts that are spaced to include time to recover: some shorter and some long, some tough and some light. It’s this diversity that elevates your training.
Disclaimer: The above information was provided as a resource pulled from Polar Club Blog and other resources for the sole purpose of providing you with an understanding of the changes involving the topic of Believe Fitness embracing HR Training in 2021.