Heart Rate Monitor

"Jogging Equipment: Heart Rate Monitor"

Use the heart rate monitor to measure your pulse rate. This is simpler than trying to measure your pulse the "manual" way -- counting your pulse while looking at the watch -- while jogging or while trying to recoup your breath after jogging!

Most monitors come with a chest-strap along with a wristwatch display. Some models use a fingertip sensor instead of a chest-strap.

Here are some tips:

1. If a chest-strap seem bothersome, look for models that use a fingertip sensor.

2. If you can live with a chest-strap, look for a model with comfortable chest-strap.

3. Use a model with a wristwatch strap that isn't fabric and doesn't absorb sweat. Otherwise, it may smell after a while.

4. Use a model with a lighted wristwatch display if you jog when it is dark outside.

5. A basic monitor just gives you that. An advanced model incorporates things like a GPS, calorie counter, downloadable software for analysis, rechargeable batteries etc. so be prepared to pay a lot more.

6. Look for models with women's version to fit smaller wrists and torso if you are a woman.

7. If you incorporate sports like cycling and swimming in your exercise program, look for models that are water resistant and use chest-straps as you cannot use fingertip sensors when cycling.

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