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Beat surrender: Using heart rate to monitor fitness and training

Peiffer, J.J. (2012) Beat surrender: Using heart rate to monitor fitness and training. The Conversation, 17 December .

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Whether the intent is to increase athletic performance or enhance fitness in the face of an ever-expanding chronic disease epidemic, a structured exercise program is essential.

The ability to monitor intensity in a training program is paramount, and can be aided by a multitude of methods ranging from simplistic (such as exercising based on ratings of perceived exertion) to complex (such as global positioning systems [GPS] and personal bicycle mounted power meters).

Within this spectrum, the heart rate (HR) monitor is a relatively uncomplicated method of monitoring exercise intensity by providing real-time measurements of cardiovascular responses to exercise.

Publication Type: Non-refereed Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Publisher: The Conversation Media Group
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