Want to get fit, fast and strong? Just listen to your heart
Strapping on a heart rate monitor is an easy way to supercharge your running or training. It not only makes your post-run stats more accurate, but it also enables you to start heart rate training in specific zones, which can make your regime more efficient.
Fitbit, Apple, Garmin and Polar are all adding heart rate monitors into running watches, fitness trackers and even running headphones, but dedicated chest straps still offer the best way to get tip-top accuracy.
How to buy a heart rate monitor
When people ask us about buying a heart rate monitor, it always comes down to the type of device they’re using to work out. When it comes to chest straps, most use ANT+, which are only compatible with specialist running watches that use that same connectivity – i.e. Garmin, Polar and Suunto watches.
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