Computers Monitors & Displays

How To Set a Heart Rate Monitor


A heart rate monitor is a physical monitoring tool which lets a person calculate his or her heart rate monitor in a given time period or note his or her heart rate monitor  for later examination. Initial devices comprised of a monitoring box with a pair of electrode leads which are connected to the chest.

Step 1

There are a large variety of heart rate monitor, with different features. These include average heart rate over exercise session, time in a certain heart rate zone, calories burned, breathing rate, built-in speed and distance, and thorough logging that can be transferred to a computer.

Step 2

To set up most heart rate monitor you'll have to input your age, weight and some other data so that the device can show statistics for your training period or exercise. Most monitor the duration of the session, your maximum and minimum heart beat in addition to the average and amount of calories burned. They will keep track of your perfect heart rate exercise range based on what you're attempting to accomplish and then make a sound if you fall outside of the intended range.

Step 3

The intended range minimum is normally 60% of your maximum heart beat and the maximum is 80% of your maximum heart beat. To calculate your maximum heart beat simply deduct your age from 220 (which is the hypothetical maximum heart rate). This is the calculation used in a heart rate monitor and is the purpose why you'll have to input your age.

Step 4

There are also some heart rate monitors that can calculate your V02 maximum (a calculation of how healthy you are), some possess built-in GPS and can measure height and ascent which can be helpful when you're on a cycle.

Step 5

All of the top quality heart rate monitors and some entry level ones can transfer your exercise information to your computer which will let you record and check all of your exercises so that you can monitor your improvement.


The Polar F6 heart rate monitor is a basic monitoring device that is fashioned to provide you only the simple data you require while training. Here are some simple measures that can help you to know how you can use it correctly while you are training:


  • The first step is to bind the transmitter or the flexible belt around your chest by dampening its electrodes by either using saliva or water. The correct method by which you should position the belt is with the trademark in the centre of the chest and facing up. Depending on your sensitivity, you might think that the belt is troubling you in the beginning. However, you should not have this feeling for a really long time.
  • The next thing you will have to do is activate the Polar F6 by pushing down the left side of the watch. When you activate the watch, remember that it will only keep track of your heart rate.
  • Later, you will have to set up the heart rate lower and upper range by pushing down the button you see at the left. This measure is not compulsory unless you are using the watch for the first time or you wish to enhance the severity of your exercise routine.
By John, published at 02/21/2012
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