- Many people mistakenly think of heart disease and stroke as conditions that only affect older adults. However, a large number of younger people suffer heart attacks and strokes. More than 150,000 heart disease and stroke deaths every year are among people younger than 65.
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American women, killing nearly 422,000 each year. Following a heart attack, approximately 1 in 4 women will die within the first year, compared to 1 in 5 men.
- More statistics can be found at the Million Hearts Website, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
The Reebok-Sportline Watches I Reviewed
The Reebok-Sportline CARDIO 660 is a watch that connects to a strap around your chest. The strap helps keep track of your heart rate and the watch records it. The watch also keeps track of your steps, distance, time and calculates your calories.
Reebook Heart Rate Monitor without a Chest Strap is a watch that has a metal ring around the time area. This metal ring takes your heart rate when you put your finger on the corner. You can take your heart rate at any time. The watch also keeps track of your steps, distance, time and calculates your calories and speed.
The Reebok-Sportline Heart Monitor Watch I Liked Best
I have really enjoyed using both watches since I have never used a heart rate monitor before in any of my training for triathlons. I can now be sure that I am pushing myself enough while training. This has been especially helpful since my next race is just four weeks away and the weather has been really lousy to get out and bike. So I do most of my training on a spin bike during a class or on my bike trainer.
I like both devices but the Reebook Heart Rate Monitor without a Chest Strap is my favorite since I do not have to strap it around my chest. It was a little tricky at first to get the hang of how to use this watch, since you have to put your finger on the metal part for it to read your heart rate. However, it is worth the little extra effort since I love how comfortable it is, especially, when I swim.
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Why Use Heart Rate Monitors
The American Heart Association says, "Your target heart rate helps you hit the bull’s eye. “We don’t want people to over-exercise, and the other extreme is not getting enough exercise,” says Gerald Fletcher, M.D., a cardiologist and professor in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Jacksonville, Fla." Heart rate monitors help you see if you are in the right zone. The American Heart Association provides this chart to help you see if you are on target. "The table shows estimated target heart rates for different ages. In the age category closest to yours, read across to find your target heart rate. Your maximum heart rate is about 220 minus your age. The figures are averages, so use them as general guidelines."
Target HR Zone 50-85%
Average Maximum Heart Rate, 100%
100-170 beats per minute
200 beats per minute
95-162 beats per minute
190 beats per minute
93-157 beats per minute
185 beats per minute
90-153 beats per minute
180 beats per minute
88-149 beats per minute
175 beats per minute
85-145 beats per minute
170 beats per minute
83-140 beats per minute
165 beats per minute
80-136 beats per minute
160 beats per minute
78-132 beats per minute
155 beats per minute
75-128 beats per minute
150 beats per minute
The American Heart Association also states: "If your target heart rate is too high, you’re straining. So slow down. If it’s too low, and the intensity feels “light” or “moderate/brisk,” push yourself to exercise a little harder. During the first few weeks of working out, aim for the lowest part of your target zone (50 percent). Then, gradually build up to the higher part (85 percent). After six months or more, you may be able to exercise comfortably at up to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate. If you have a heart condition or under cardiac rehab talk to a health care professional about what exercises you can engage in."
Heart Healthy Resources