Most of the modern exercise bikes come with heart rate monitors which allow you to keep track of how intense your workout is. The reason exercise bikes monitor your heart rate is because the harder you exercise, the faster your heart will beat, and that’s why it gives such a good indication of how hard you’re working.
Athletes use heart rate monitors and people who want to get the most out of their exercise should use them too because ultimately it is a guide to your progress.
A heart rate monitor is important because:
♥ Your heart rate is a reliable indication of the intensity of your exercise
♥ If you know the intensity you can vary it depending on your personal level of fitness and your own personal fitness goals.
♥ It will show you if you’re improving towards your goals
♥ You can monitor and measure your progress which will increase your motivation.
What happens to the heart when you exercise?
When muscles are used during exercise, they are replenished with oxygen, nutrients,etc. They also produce waste products that need to be taken away from the cells. Blood is the transport system for all of these things, so the harder your muscles are worked, the quicker they burn nutrients and produce waste, this means that the blood must flow faster to provide all of this, and the only way for blood to flow faster is for your heart rate to beat faster.