I fully admit my mistake. I have not been a good practitioner of monitoring my heart rate as I exercise.
Having said that, I am beginning to learn the importance of using a heart monitor while you exercise – and it’s not that hard! I’m just starting to use the Polar F6 and it has great features to help you build optimum performance in your workouts.
Using a heart monitor will help you build the best performance in your workouts. As I first used my heart monitor, I quickly discovered that I wasn’t exerting the energy that I had thought I was. Ultimately, your maximum heart rate is 220 minus your age and your target heart rate can be 60 to 80 percent of the maximum. You will quickly discover that this target heart rate can be elusive. The key is determining a workout schedule that allows you to fluctuate from a mild to moderate to hard pace that suits YOUR goals.
Check out this article from http://www.sparkpeople.com/ to learn more about how you can appropriately gauge your heart rate in a way that helps you best achieve your fitness goals -- http://tinyurl.com/2lllfk.