Are heart rate monitors really needed for beginners? Well, yes and no. If you are new here at Jogging For Beginners at, then you might not be sure yet if jogging is something for you, and you might first want to test if you enjoy jogging.
Last updated: September 8, 2013
In this case I would say that you wait until you are absolutely sure that this is something that you want to do for a longer time.
Don’t waste your money on heart rate monitors if you are not sure.
Now, on the other hand, if you know that this is something for you, that I would advise you to get one.
Do you really, really, really need one? No… Can it be very helpful for advancing in you fitness? Yes it can…
Here are some advantages:
It gives you more control over your training.
It is a guide of a your cardio fitness.
It can prevent over-training.
It can prevent under-training.
It shows your progress as a jogger or as a runner in terms of numbers and charts instead of feelings.
How do Heart Rate Monitors work?
It uses the same technology as an electrocardiogram. The chest strap of a heart rate monitor uses electrodes to monitor the electric volts that occur when your heart beats.
The receiver detects this information from the electrodes via radio signal from the chest strap.
The receiver uses this information to determine your heart rate.
There are special chest straps for woman. Normal chest straps might not fit as good as specially designed ones for women.
I really like to use heart rate monitors.
They really give me control over my training.
When I am jogging, and I want to stay at a certain heart rate to achieve a certain goal, then I don’t have to think about it.
Every time I am above or below, my watch tells me so.
This is also a good way to get to know your body.
You find out how your body feels at certain heart rates, especially when your are new to Jogging For Beginners.
I do advise though, that you don’t always use heart rate monitors. Just get on the road, and enjoy jogging. Feel your body, enjoy your surroundings that you are in…
References and Links to more Information:
Sportsmedicine.about.com: Do You Need a Heart Rate Monitor?
Running.about.com: An Introduction to Heart Rate Monitors