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Heart Rate Training Methods and Monitoring

  • By: Lance C. Dalleck & Jessica L. Mayer
  • In: Encyclopedia of Lifestyle Medicine & Health
  • Edited by: James M. Rippe
  • Subject:Health Psychology / Behavioral Medicine, Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology

Heart rate refers to the number of times the heart beats per minute (bpm). Heart rate monitoring can be used to identify a safe and effective exercise training intensity. Alternatively, it can assist in detecting the presence of a pathological condition. Health professionals generally observe heart rate during exercise: It is easy to monitor and noninvasive, provides immediate feedback, and shows a stable pattern during exercise. Heart rate is not only used to prescribe exercise intensities, it can also be used to monitor the heart's response during exercise and recovery. The entry reviews the recommended heart rate ranges for developing and maintaining cardiorespiratory fitness. Additionally, the entry evaluates the error associated with different heart rate–monitoring methods. Finally, common myths pertaining to heart rate monitoring will ...

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