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They’re cer­tainly addictive, but do you re­ally need a heart-rate mon­i­tor?

Heart-rate mon­i­tors have been a game-changer for fitness bods. Var­i­ous fac­tors in­flu­ence how hard we think we’re work­ing out; HR is the most re­li­able way of gaug­ing your real ef­fort. It also mea­sures your pro­gres­sion. For run­ners, as your car­dio­vas­cu­lar fitness im­proves, you should no­tice that the pace you’re do­ing at, say 145bpm, grad­u­ally in­creases over the weeks. HR is most use­ful for en­sur­ing you do the ma­jor­ity of your en­durance train­ing rel­a­tively slowly, rather than blat­ting along at 200bpm to chase a Strava record – sav­ing you from burnout. Also use HR to check that you’re not fa­tigued or over­train­ing, by com­par­ing your av­er­age rest­ing heart rate – if it’s higher than usual over sev­eral days, take a break.

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