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The little machine that will help get you lean

You hear it all the time, especially if you’re no stranger to the world of dieting, weight loss, and health and fitness. You’ve probably even been hearing it since high school gym class—“Get your heart rate up!” Even though we constantly hear about how we need to get our heart rates up for optimum health, it’s a hard thing to care about when deep down all we really want is a tight and toned physique and to lose those vanity pounds.

Believe it or not, your heart rate and the number of calories that you burn during any given activity are directly related. It’s a simple equation really: the faster your heart beats, the more calories you burn, and when you burn more calories than the amount you’re taking in, you lose weight. If only there was a way to monitor your heart rate and actually see your calorie burn…

Well there is. There are a number of different devices on the market that you can invest in to track your heart rate and thereby monitor your calorie burn. From devices that strap onto your arm, to watches that come with bands that strap around your chest, you have plenty of options. Different monitors have different features that meet everyone's needs. Simpler monitors simply tell you your heart rate and calorie burn, while more advanced ones will do as much as alert you when to begin your next set while lifting, track your running or biking distance, and allow you to track your progress over time. Though they can get pricey, investing in a heart rate monitor is more than worth it and here’s a few reasons why:

  • They show you how hard you are (or aren’t) working in the gym and how you need to improve.
  • They help hold you accountable. Heart rate monitors will make you far more aware of how long it really takes to burn off the calories in that candy bar you ate after lunch.
  • They make you compete against yourself. You will constantly work towards increasing your heart rate and burning more calories during your cardio and resistance workouts.
  • They show you just how many calories you burn from the time you get up to the time you go to bed, workouts included. You can then measure that number up against the number of calories you’ve eaten during the day and determine what you need to do to lose or maintain your weight.
  • They motivate you to do mountain climbers, burpees, plyometrics, or jumping jacks in-between sets to keep your heart rate up and burn more calories during your workout.
  • You’ll look good. When you see someone with a heart rate monitor or watch, you always think they're advanced and know what they’re doing, right? At least with a heart rate monitor you can fake it until you do.

Want a heart rate monitor but not sure where to get one? Gold’s Gym carries a number of heart rate monitoring watches and devices. Visit GoldsGym.com to find out which Dallas area location is closest to you. Other places to check out heart rate monitors include Dallas area sporting good stores and Richardson Bike Mart locations.

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