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HRM stands for heart rate monitor. With so many options for heart rate monitors on the market today, it can be difficult trying to figure out which kind is the best for you. Should you go with a wrist watch monitor or a traditional chest strap monitor? We will give you the pros and cons of both types so that you can make the best choice for your lifestyle.
Wrist Heart Rate Monitor
These monitors use an optical green light to measure your heart rate. They are super convenient to wear, and often double as a watch. Some have a GPS to track your movement, and others include calories burned. All of this is on an easy-to-access digital display on your wrist. Big names for these types of monitors include Apple, Samsung, Fitbit, and Garmin.
Chest Strap Heart Rate Monitor
This used to be the only option for heart rate monitoring technology back in the day. These work by using electrodes and recording your heart’s electrical activity. The best brands for these types of monitors are Polar, Garmin, and Wahoo.
Whichever you choose, you’ll know more about your heart rate and be able to more accurately gauge how much effort you are putting into your workout.