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Now that you have a treadmill (or use one at the gym) you are going to want to shake up your workouts and also track their effectiveness. One of the best ways to track the effectiveness of your workouts is to use a heart rate monitor.

Treadmill Workouts Using a Heart Rate Monitor

Treadmill Workouts Using a Heart Rate Monitor

It doesn’t matter if you use one that is attached to your treadmill or if you use one that you wear on your wrist, ones that work with iPhones & iPads or ones like Fitbit or Up 24 by Jawbone, just use one that is easy enough for you to use and one that you will use often.

Below you will find 6 treadmill workouts to choose from, each using a heart rate monitor. When you are looking at treadmills to purchase pay extra attention to note whether or not it has a built-in monitor – most do and they are well worth having.

Before you can begin any of these workouts you must know your own Maximum Heart Rate (MHR). This is best calculated by your doctor during a treadmill test of cardiovascular fitness. If you are over 35 years old, overweight or very unfit, you should consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program.

Testing to know your personal MHR is highly recommended, although there is a general formula that can be used to calculate an average MHR according to your age. People of the same age vary widely in their fitness level and you should keep in mind that it is designed for the average person. So if you know that you are less fit than the average person of your age, you could calculate as if you were 5 or 10 years older. This is the formula:

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