June 01, 2000
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June 2000
heart-rate monitors Short Cuts:

If you can carve out just 15 minutes or so for exercise, go easy. Revving up the intensity doesn’t compensate for lack of time. In fact, going full-tilt can be dangerous and it won’t get the results you want. “If your heart rate is too high, you’re burning tissue, not fat, says Matt Chalek, president of AccuFitness (, an Englewood, Colo., company that sells heart-rate monitors. Basic monitors keep tabs on current, maximum and average heart rate; higher-priced models add a stopwatch and other functions. .

By tracking your heart rate, you can prevent overtraining, says Cliff Held, a New York City-based trainer. To calculate the high end of this zone, subtract your age from 220; to find the low end, calculate 70 to 75 percent of that figure. “People who just want to stay in shape should exercise closer to the lower end,” says Held.

Market leader Polar USA ( prices its models from $59.99 to several hundred dollars. “For most people, the most basic heart-rate monitors are more than sufficient,” says Held.


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