Track your fitness progress and overall health by wearing a heart monitor. Knowing your heart rate can help you manage the intensity of your workout and be more mindful of your body’s adaptation to the type of exercise you do.
There are many different types of monitors on the market, but the JCC recommends using the Myzone physical activity belt for the most accurate reading. Plus, the Uptown fitness center is Myzone-enabled, so you can track your heart rate in real time on monitors throughout the fitness center and group exercise studios.
Whether you use a Myzone belt or another tracker, monitoring your heart rate can help you optimize your workouts. Here’s how:
1) Work smarter not harder.
When you work out, are you doing too much or not enough? Your heart rate is a guide to the intensity of your workout. A heart rate monitor helps you to identify your target heart rate, tracks it during your workout, and can help you establish your heart rate zones. Exercisers who need to stay in a particular heart rate zone due to medical conditions can monitor their heart rate throughout their workout.
Myzone monitors heart rate, calories and time exercising in real time and converts that into Myzone Effort Points (MEPs). MEPs focus on rewarding effort rather than fitness.
2) Learn your limits.
Monitor and maintain your heart rate in one of five zones. Target heart rate during moderate-intensity activities should range between 50 and 59 percent (blue and gray zones). Vigorous physical activity should range between 70 and 89 percent(green and yellow zones). The aim is to not always get to the red zone, 90 to 99 percent, but to only peak there for short periods of time. Once you know your limits, you can step your effort up or down.
3) Burn fat, not muscle.
When your heart rate exceeds 90 percent of its max heart rate for a prolonged period of time, you begin to burn muscle. This can be counterintuitive to the effort you are putting into your workout. Heart monitors give you constant feedback to let you know when you’re exceeding your optimized zone. When wearing a heart rate monitor during high-intensity interval training, you can see your heart rate fluctuating between the different heart rate zones.
4) Challenge yourself.
Gamify your workouts to make them both entertaining and challenging. Compete against yourself or others depending on the type of heart rate monitoring program you have. When you can see your heart rate by itself, or with others, you push yourself to burn more calories or stay in a specific zone during your workout.
5) Track your fitness progress.
Most monitors store data from past workouts, helping you track your individual progress over time. If you wear a Myzone belt, you can see if you’re on track to meet your monthly targets as you exercise to move towards your fitness goals. You can also see your results in real-time through the Myzone app and Myzone-enabled monitors throughout the fitness center.
So what are you waiting for? Get ready. Get set. Go get a MyZone monitor at the JCC fitness desk and enhance your workout!
Right now, we’re running a “5 for 5” promotion that can give you the chance to win one of five complimentary, Myzone belts. All you have to do is share the name and contact information of five friends (non-JCC members) you think would a good fit for the JCC. Fill out a card at the fitness desk, or submit your referrals online for a chance to win.
Ready to purchase a Myzone belt? You can get one at the fitness desk for our special member price of $90 (regularly retails for $149 online). If you have any questions about getting started, check in with one of our fitness professionals for help.