Heart Rate Monitoring

The most important part of any fitness program is getting feedback on your progress. This feedback is used to help you adjust your workout program so you keep progressing. Monitoring heart rate is important for two things: safety and success. At rest your heart rate should be 40 beats per minute (bpm). When you begin to exercise your heart rate will rise to between 60 and 100 bpm. When you monitor your heart rate you will know when you're not working hard enough. And you will know if  you are going beyond recommended safety parameters. More importantly you will know if you have an irregular heartbeat and can seek immediate medical attention.


Traditionally performance heart rate monitors are clumsy to put on. Many on the market provide unclear information. While others are not durable as well. The Digi-Wear tech shirt by Digi-DNA integrates a state of the art heart rate monitoring device into the fabric of the shirt. And uses industry leading sensors to provide the best possible reporting available. And since the Digi-Wear teach shirt incorporates 4 other key fitness assessments in real time you can now spend much less to learn more about your physiological wellness and gain much more from your fitness regimen.


Heart Rate Monitoring Facts:

Cardiovascular output refers to the result of two factors, namely the heart rate and the stroke volume. The heart rate is the number of beats per minute (bpm). The stroke volume is the volume of blood per beat that is pumped from the ventricle. Since the healthy active heart rate is between 60 - 100 bpm,  with a heart rate monitor you will know when to slow down gradually and then rest. If your heart rate is abnormal, you will know to seek medical attention immediately.

It’s also important to know that chemicals don’t simply move between or within blood and muscle fast enough to keep up with the physical demands of a heart rate around 80% of max. When above that number, muscles starve for oxygen and glucose can’t burn into carbon dioxide. As a result your body builds up high levels of lactic acid. Lactic acid is incompletely burned sugar. And within seconds it shuts down your muscle function when exercising at peak levels.


Like the shift from fat to glucose, the shift into “anaerobic” metabolism (lack of oxygen in the muscles), adversely affects your entire body. Only a heart rate monitor can tell you when you reach these critical levels. Contrary to belief you can’t do it by how you feel. Even professional athletes, training daily at optimal levels for years, can’t reliably do it.

If you are using a heart monitor, you will need to do one of two things professionals will tell you to get a VO2 assessment done. Personal trainers or any fitness center can provide this very valuable service. VO2 assessments determines your heart rate zones based on your fitness level and genetics, and not just age like most standard metrics. If you can’t get a VO2 test, use the most basic metric of, 220-age. This formula is conservative but can help you get started. Use 65% (for low) and 80% (for high) of  220-age to begin with. then make adjustments in the zones based on how you feel. Once you have found your heart rate zone, a heart rate monitor helps you determine and achieve the intensity and conditioning you desire for long term health.