Fitness and health 12.10.2017 02:38 pm

5 benefits of heart rate training

Picture: iStock

Picture: iStock

Looking for an effective way to stay fit, lose weight and have fun in the process?

Heart rate training is a highly effective way to improve overall performance and achieve fitness goals, especially for beginners. This form of training involves using a monitor to track your heart rate while exercising. The monitor shows you when to work harder or slow down.

Here are five reasons why you should consider heart rate training.

1. Motivation

Switching up your workout routine prevents exercise from becoming a chore. This ultimately motivates you to keep at it long after you see the results. Heart rate training encourages you to include a variety of exercises in your workout in order to hit the right ‘zone’ and reach your goal.

2. Train more efficiently

Whether your goal is to lose weight, improve your fitness or engage in productive activity while recovering from an injury, heart rate training pushes you to find the right balance. Keeping track of the heart rate monitor on your fitness tracker is a smart way to gauge whether each session is working for you, or if you need to make adjustments.

3. Avoid injury

This form of training is also one of the safest ways to maintain physical activity during recovery periods. It is also an effective alternative if weight training is part of your routine. This is because it allows for muscle recovery after a strenuous session.

4. Burn calories

If you’re looking to lose weight, this is a perfect way to burn calories because it trains the body to burn fat more efficiently. You can work with your trainer to identify the heart rate zone you should be aiming for in order to lose the weight. You can also use this training to create a strategic programme for better results.

5. Maintain a healthy heart

The heart pumps oxygen-rich blood to all the major organs in the body. But, poor fitness can negatively impact this. Heart rate training effectively accelerates this process, promoting a lower resting rate. This is a plus as it decreases your chances of developing heart disease in the future.

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