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The Way to Our Hearts

Have you ever wondered what causes people to be able to workout at different intensities? You might start to become short of breath after a short warm up while the person next to you might be able to hold an entire conversation on an hour long run, so what does that mean? Everybody’s body and fitness level is different, but the answer ultimately lies in your heart, and the more you know, the more effective your workouts will become.

Since everyone is at a different point in their fitness, you have to learn what does and doesn’t work for your body during a workout. The key to having the most effective workout is knowing your target heart rate zone. This is one of the main reasons why we invested in the Fit Metrix Heart Rate Monitoring system at Root Performance Fitness. We understand that everyone works at a different pace, and want you to get the most out of your daily workout. Knowing your target heart rate and seeing it displayed on a screen allows you to adjust your workout if you aren’t pushing yourself hard enough or if you’re nearing overexertion.

With the Fit Metrix Heart Rate Monitor you can also track yourself out of the gym environment. That means that, like we talked about in our blog last week, you can switch up your daily workout to include strictly cardio or weight lifting intermittently with HIIT classes.

We keep talking about heart health this month and that is because February is National Heart Awareness Month. How does exercise benefit your heart, you ask?

In addition to being good for your overall health, exercising helps to keep your heart pumping strong. Some of the benefits exercising offers your heart include:

  • Increasing circulation, which reduces your risk of blood clots

  • Strengthens your heart so it takes less effort to pump blood

  • Lowers blood pressure

  • Lowers cholesterol

We hope that we’ve inspired you to do a little research about your heart rate. If you’re interested in learning more about Root Performance Fitness, our heart rate monitors and their corresponding phone app, stop in and say hi or shoot us a message!