I would recommend you check out your HRV rather than just your heart rate. Heart rate is nice, but HRV can show you much more accurately how your heart is doing, what days it is best to train on, and what days you might want to rest on. Granted, it is the latest fad in the fitness industry, but at least the science behind it is promising and consistent.
And how do you measure that on a regular basis? I gave my Bat Belt away when I was 7…[/quote]
I check mine every morning after I wake up, and in the afternoons after I train. HRV is NOT about continuous monitoring. It is about checking how “ready” your heart is for exertion for the day. IE when the variance is greatest, your heart is happiest and ready for an intense day, and when it is more like a steady metronome, you know it is best to take a day off and relax. If you check it daily for a week or two, you get an understanding of what the HRV range of your heart is, and how healthy your heart is.
HRV is not to be checked while you are training.
I use a fairly standard chest strap (make sure it is compatible with whatever program you use) and an iphone app to check mine.
I get it now.
Years ago, a friend of mine with heart problems had tests done. He carried around with him the equivalent of a hand held tape recorder with him.
I see the apps with a heart rate monitor are now available. I’ll have to look at this further.