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Strapped monitors provide an automatic, continuous heart rate reading from the chest strap to the wrist monitor. Because of this signal between the two pieces, the reading is more accurate than what is received from a strapless monitor. Strapped monitors can also be synched to certain software for in-depth tracking and analysis.
Strapless monitors are more comfortable and easier to use as they eliminate the hassle of wearing and properly positioning a chest strap. Users simply place two fingers on the sensor buttons on the face of the watch to receive a current heart rate reading. Some models have one-touch, single-button sensing. Strapless monitors are also more sanitary since there's no need to share straps that must be moistened with water or gel.
Heart rate monitors (HRMs) provide an objective way of:
Key Features/Functions of HRMs:
Average Heart Rate The average number of heartbeats per minute measured over a specific time period.
Max Heart Rate The highest recorded heart rate for a given period of time.
Percent of Max Heart Rate Calculates percent range of maximum heart rate based on either actual maximum heart rate or age-predicted heart rate.
Recovery Heart Rate The time it takes and at what heart rate you drop to between or after bouts of activity.
Target Zones The optimal heart rate achieved during exercise, with an alarm that warns if the high or low limits are exceeded.
Time in Target Zone Exercise Time spent between high and low limits.
Total Exercise Time Cumulative time spent exercising since last reset.
Calorie Counter Calculates number of calories expended during exercise.
Data Transfer Transfer of recorded heart rate info to software program for analysis and retrieval.
File Storage Maximum number of personal exercise files the monitor can store.