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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Heart Rate Watches: Keeping in the Target Zone

     I am currently on the search for a heart rate watch, since I want to exercise safely, but have some heart problems to manage. I have given up basketball since I could not stay in the safe Training Zone. The rule with heart rate is 220-age= Maximum Heart Rate. I am 65 in a few days. Medicare here I am!! But, when you do the math, my max heart rate is 155 and my training zone is 132 (85%) to 109 (70%). In basketball, I was at 150 after a few strolls down the court in a pickup game. Friends and mentors of mine have collapsed and died from massive heart attacks, and these smart watches may have saved their lives. I need one that will work overseas, and be as accurate as a chest strap device. Wish me luck!!,review-2885.html

1 comment:

  1. Heidi Marshall BoothJanuary 21, 2019 at 12:50 PM

    Hi Dr. Blake, I am happy to hear that you plan to find an exercise program and sincerely wish you the best of luck creating and maintaining it!
    Polar wrist watches with chest straps are the most accurate for heart rate monitoring as the watches can be dangerously inaccurate. For example, I am working with a client that has survived 3 heart attacks and his apple watch does not accurately assess his heart rate at times. (Sometimes it does.) My fitbit was decent at monitoring my heart rate but far from perfect. I do not have direct experiences with other devices.


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