First, I thought it’s a simple question. But actually, how to use a heart rate monitor effectively you should have some knowledge about heart rate monitor types. Otherwise, you just throw money down the drain.There are some kinds of heart rate monitors in the market but basically they are chest strap heart rate monitor and wristwatch heart rate monitor. With each type, the instruction is different. Wondering which kind of heart rate monitor is suitable for you? It depends on what you want to use a heart rate monitor for.
How to use a heart rate monitor

How to use a heart rate monitor for measuring resting heart rate

If you just want to measure your heart rate sometimes then you can buy a touch-type heart rate monitor. Just with a smartphone or a wristwatch, you can easily know the status of your heart. Some popular devices of this type is Samsung Galaxy S7 or Mi band.

To use heart rate monitor on these devices, you just need to place your fingertip on the smartphone sensor or wear the wristwatch tightly on your wrist.
Check out this post to know more how to use heart rate monitor Galaxy S7

How to use a heart rate monitor for workouts

It’s proved that if you workout in a targeted heart rate zone for over 2 months, you can improve the performance of your heart, and ultimately improve your health. In this Heart rate monitor Reviews, I collected some scientific evidence that you might want to know.

Don’t forget to choose a continuous reading heart rate monitor which allows you to read your heart rate continuously via a smartphone or a wristwatch. It lets you know if you have achieved the targeted heart rate zone and may alert when you exceed your maximum heart rate zone.

This below video gives you an example of how to use a heart rate monitor for workout. These guys are using Garmin premium chest strap.

If you use chest strap heart rate monitor, basically, you will wear a strap under your chest and get the data through a connected smartphone or a wristwatch-receiver. Most chest strap heart rate monitors are compatible with smartphones and some chest trap providers offer you a bundle including a wristwatch-receiver. A little inconvenience of chest strap is that you need to wet it with water or soft gel each time you want to use it. However, a chest strap is regarded to be more accurate than the wrist-based heart rate monitor.
how to use a wristwatch heart rate monitor
A wristwatch is more convenient and comfort to use. Just wear it like a watch and it will measure not only your heart but also track steps, distance and monitor your sleep, etc… This type of heart rate monitor has becoming popular since 2-3 years ago. A wristwatch fits with more people, but those who concern about high accuracy still favor a chest strap.