Our fitness friend TomTom recommends heart-rate training as an effective way to stay fit, lose weight and have fun while you’re at it!
- Stay motivated
Much like cross-fit training, where workouts and tempos are varied to promote cardio strengthening and fat-burning, heart-rate training encourages you to switch up your workout to include a variety of exercises to help you to hit the right ‘zone’ and reach your heart-rate goal. Switching up your workout routine prevents exercise from becoming a chore, ultimately motivating you to keep at it long after you see the results you’re after.
- Train more efficiently
Whether your goal is to lose weight, improve your level of fitness or engage in productive activity while recovering from an injury, heart-rate training pushes you to find that ‘sweet spot’ you’re looking for. Based on the heart-rate zone you aim to hit, you’ll need to work a little harder to raise your heart rate if the reading is lower than this range, or scale back if your heart rate is peaking over the maximum percentage of the zone.
- Avoid injury
Heart-rate training is also one of the safest ways to maintain physical activity during recovery periods, or ahead of a big race or marathon you may be preparing for. For runners, heart-rate training is great for ‘easy run’ days (which are the days between fast workout days and give the body a chance to rest and heal), and helps to prevent injury caused by excessive training. It’s also an effective and motivating workout alternative if weight training is also part of your weekly routine, as it also allows for muscle recovery after a strenuous weight-lifting session.
- Burn calories
If you’re looking to shed a few kilograms, heart-rate training is an extremely effective way to burn calories, because it trains the body to burn fat more efficiently. For most people, running at a steady and consistent pace for 30 minutes for a set number of days each week will most likely result in a fitness and weight-loss plateau – this is why you may notice that your weight-loss efforts have taken a dive and you’re not seeing the results you want. You can work with your trainer to identify the heart-rate zone you should be aiming for in order to lose that stubborn extra weight, and come up with a strategic weight loss programme using the heart-rate training method for better results.
- Maintain a healthy heart
The key to living a healthy life starts with taking care of one of the body’s most important muscles – the heart. The heart pumps oxygen-rich blood to the major organs in our bodies, which is negatively impacted by poor fitness. More exercise leads to more blood being pumped from the heart to the areas of the body that need it the most. Heart-rate training effectively accelerates this process promoting a lower resting heart rate, which can also decrease your chance of developing heart disease in the future.
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