How to obtain optimal results using a heart-rate monitor

Heart rate monitors are a simple and effective training aid. By running within specific heart rate training zones, you help ensure that you train at the appropriate intensities for optimal results. Without realizing it, however, you may be training harder or easier than planned unless you know your true maximal heart rate, your resting heart rate, and take into account the various factors that influence heart rate while running. In this column we will look at how to determine your maximal heart rate and your individualized training zones. In next month’s column, we will look at several important factors that affect your heart rate during running.

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