What Is a Pulse Meter?
A heart rate monitor measures heart rate via a strap wrapped snugly around the chest. Much like an EKG or electrocardiogram, the pulse meter catches the electrical activity of the heart and transmits the information to a display screen. Newer, no-strap models allow the user to touch sensors and capture the heart rate.
People working to improve their fitness may enjoy a pulse meter as a tracking method. Doctors often recommend them to patients just beginning fitness regimens to ensure their heart rates stay within a safe range. Researchers use pulse meters to gauge the energy use of experiment subjects during various physical activities.
Simple heart rate monitors, which are available at sporting goods stores, cost much less than the more complex models. Some pulse meters offer alarms, timers and a snapshot of calories burned.