Did you know that you play an important role in ensuring your children develop a healthy approach to sport and physical activity?
Whether your teen engages in ‘light’ exercise or fast-paced contact sports like rugby or soccer, keeping an eye on their heart rate is vital and allows you to monitor their health and catch potential health risks in time. While heart rate monitors were once a feature you’d only find on cardio equipment at the gym, the technology is now readily available as a built-in feature of fitness wearables that are perfect for budding athletes.
Heart rate tracking for teens:
- Promote rest and recovery
Heart-rate monitors offer useful information when it comes to measuring recovery time and preventing overexertion during physical activity. Heart rate recovery has two decreasing phases – the heart drops sharply during the first minute after exercise, and decreases gradually after that.
- Make sure they’re warming up
Warming up before engaging in any physical activity helps prevent injuries by gradually increasing the heart rate and promoting the circulation of oxygen in the body. Many young athletes neglect this important step, resulting in blackouts and other injuries.
- Take note of maximum heart rate
Knowing your maximum heart rate is particularly useful for teen athletes, who often push themselves to the brink of exhaustion during sports and workouts, ignoring their body’s resistance. Teens can check their heart rate monitor after a vigorous workout. They should push themselves to a full sprint in the last one to two minutes of training, checking their TomTom Runner 3 watch constantly, and then add five beats to the highest number recorded during this period. The result is their maximum heart rate number – the maximum number of beats per minute that their heart can make.
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