When I bought my elliptical, I also bought a separate heart rate monitor, but I put it on the shelf and forgot about it.
I’ve been struggling to do more than 10 or 12 minutes at a stretch on the elliptical. I just get winded too quickly. I know I’m fat, and out of shape, but I expected to be able to do more.
After doing a little research about target heart rates, it seems my maximum heart rate should be about 184, and my target should be about 80% of that. I settled on 150 as a nice round number. I put on the heart rate monitor, and started my workout.
Once I was into the workout my heart rate hit 160, so I slowed down and let my heart rate fall to 150, then started pushing it a little harder. This worked well, and I was still working out at 31 minutes. I could have went longer, but my legs were giving out this time.
I spent money on the heart rate monitor, yet didn’t bother to use it until today. I could have made more progress, if I would have bothered to use the tools I had already bought.