Stride to the Beat: How to Train with a Heart Rate Monitor
0 to 5: Warm-up; Zone 60 to 75
5 to 11: Moderate-intensity run; Zone 75 to 85
11 to 14: Recovery jog or walk; Zone 65*
14 to 17: High-intensity run; Zone 85 to 90
17 to 20: Recovery jog or walk; Zone 65*
20 to 21: Sprint; Zone 90 to 95
21 to 25: Cool-down; Zone 65
*Jog or walk until your heart rate comes down to 65 percent; adjust timing if needed.
Bulky black heart rate monitors are so five minutes ago. Rock one of these stylin' high-tech picks instead.
- The Soleus Flash HRM beeps if you dip out of the exercise zone. ($59, soleusrunning.com)
- The New Balance LifeTRNr takes your pulse from your wrist, so there's no chest strap. ($70, nbmonitors.com for stores)
- The TomTom Runner allows you to switch between display screens with a single button. ($219, tomtom.com)
- The Garmin Forerunner 620 signals when you've reached your recovery heart rate to give you the cue to push it again. ($450, garmin.com)
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2013.
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