Is It Worth It to Buy a Heart Rate Monitor?

Is It Worth It to Buy a Heart Rate Monitor?

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If you are thinking about getting a casual watch, I would turn your attention towards purchasing smartwatches instead.

Sure, they may not be as stylish as your automatic watch, but they are actually quite useful since they provide a lot of features; one of which is heart rate monitoring.

The ability to be able to know your heart rate in real-time provides a lot of different useful applications; from providing you with useful data to allowing you to know your current fitness levels, among many other things.

Sure, smartwatches come equipped with heart rate monitoring capabilities, but is it necessary to actually buy a ‘true’ heart rate monitor? What I mean is purchasing a chest strap HRM that provides more accurate data than your conventional smartwatch.

Well, in this article, we will explore if there is a reason to buy the more expensive thing or if you can safely just stick to your smartwatch.

What Rumors Say About Heart Rate Monitors

Athletes, coaches, and personal trainers all swear by the use of heart rate monitors. In fact, there are some professional sports teams that would spend money on buying one to ensure that everyone’s heart rates are being monitored constantly. But, is there really a reason to use one?

According to the American Heart Association, although more bonafide heart rate monitors are useful tools, they are actually not needed. The heart rate monitoring functionality that is built into a smartwatch is, in most cases, already substantial.

What Experts Say About the Matter

If you ask running coach, Matt Fitzgerald about the use of heart rate monitors, he will say that although they are useful, they are also not necessary at all.

Fitzgerald is a renowned running coach and has helped a lot of marathon runners win championships and awards. That being said, it is without a doubt that heart rate monitors are useful, but if your sole purpose of getting one is to help your athletes do better, it doesn’t really do that.


If anything, it will provide meaningful data that will allow the coach or personal trainer to fine-tune their programs for their athletes that will give them the most benefit. But, for the most part, it is highly unnecessary and is considered just a wasteful expense.

Registered dietitian, Karolina Starczak, said that heart rate monitors are useful in telling people the level of their exertion when it comes to exercise. Generally, you want to push yourself to achieve 70% of your maximum heart rate and HRMs can provide you with that information.

Although the ones that are found on smartwatches are not as accurate as chest HRMs, they are, for the most part, adequate enough for one to reach their own fitness goals.

In conclusion, although bonafide heart rate monitors are great in providing more accurate information about your heart, they are highly unnecessary and is just considered a wasteful expense. Of course, the narrative changes if you are using such a tool to monitor your heart condition, especially if you are suffering from a disease.