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Wrist Heart Rate Monitor

wrist heart rate monitorA good introduction, titled How Does a Wrist Heart Rate Monitor Work?, comes from the eHow website. An excerpt:

Wrist heart rate monitors are the same as regular heart rate monitors except they don't have a chest strap. They act as a regular watch, have a stop watch function and include a calendar so you can keep track of your training days. This gives them the added dynamic of being used as an everyday watch. You can use the stop watch function to time running intervals. For example, you can start the stop watch at the beginning of your run. After a 10-minute warm-up, you can sprint for 30 seconds and then jog for 60 seconds. During these times, you can reference your stop watch to know where you are in your workout.

...The wrist monitor comes with a sensor on the top and on the bottom, above and below the digital screen. To get your heart rate, place your index finger on the bottom sensor and your middle finger on the top. Then hold steady until your heart rate appears on the screen. If you're doing high-intensity weight lifting and want to know your heart rate, you can check it during your rest periods. When you're running or doing other cardio exercise, it's hard to check your heart rate while you're moving. This is especially true if you're running at a higher intensity or if you're cycling. In these cases, stop for about 30 seconds to check your heart rate.

MIO is a leading manufacturer of the low-cost wrist heart rate monitor. One of its best sellers is the Mio Classic Select Heart Rate Monitor Watch (picture). Here is an excerpt from a four-star review at

I have compared this to my gym's machines, and my home blood pressure - heart rate monitor, and it is only one or two beats off each time - very close to what they say! It also seems to work well walking. It is rather inconvenient to place two fingers on the buttons while exercising, and it can take several seconds, but on the other hand, sometimes the machines don't give readings, and this one keeps working. It is also handy to have the watch on for timing reps. at the gym. You can press the light button while walking in the dark, and then take your reading and it stays lit, so useful in the dark.

It is rather bulky for a woman, and not very comfortable or attractive, but it is sensible, and sensibly priced, and does the job. I was too scared to buy the petite size, as I have a large wrist for a woman, but I would prefer a smaller one. I love not having to worry about a strap. For me it is worth having to place two fingers on it.

Note it does not have to be on your wrist to use it. You could carry it on curved fingers on a walk or run and then take your reading.

See also my Guide to Buying the Best Heart Rate Monitor. And check out the heart rate monitor bestseller rankings at to see what people are currently buying.

November 26th, 2009


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