We see people using many different tools for walking, power walking and nordic walking, from pedometers to heart rate monitors and even GPS watches.
The great thing about walking is that it can be performed at a wide range of intensities, for most people often below aerobic intensities which is great for
fat burning. However the key is to perform at the correct intensity to meet your desired goal whether it is improving aerobic fitness or weight loss, which is where
a good heart rate monitor will make a great walking watch.
If you want to measure speed and distance accurately, receive heart rate, and even be able to map your walks so you can display them on a map and see the
corresponding heart rate then you should consider a GPS watch, like the Garmin Forerunner 110. The Garmin Forerunner 110 is very easy to use. Just push one
button to acquire satellites and one button to start your heart rate speed and distance. You can download all of your calories burning data, heart rate, speed and distance to
Garmin Connect software.
Using a GPS watch acts as a great basis for comparing various walking sessions because you have highly accurate data - that is the main benefit. Pedometers are
not as accurate as GPS and many don't give you heart rate so you don't know if you are exercising at the right intensity.
Another option for walking, power walking or nordic walking is to get a heart rate monitor that contains a foot pod that goes in your shoelaces. This uses accelerometer
technology to measure speed and distance. Watches like the Polar RS300X or the Garmin FR60 work well for giving you heart rate speed and distance.
Understanding the correlation between your heart rate and your pace allows you to exercise at the right intensity to meet your goals whether those goals are calories, weight
loss, or the improvement of aerobic fitness.
Another way to go is to train strictly by heart rate and calories. Watches like the Polar FT7 and the Garmin FR60 will allow you to get accurate heart rate
information and real-time information on your calories burned. Watches like the Garmin FR60 and the Polar FT7 are ideal for tracking both intensity and calories,
plus they will allow you to download this information.
For strapless heart rate monitors that act as pedometers checkout the Bowflex Fit Trainer. It is an accelerometer and strapless heart rate monitor all in one device.
Remember that strapless heart rate monitors only give you periodic heart rate when you depress sensors so they do not record all data.
If you'd like help getting a great watch for your walking, power walking or nordic walking routines then just call the real experts at the Heart Rate Watch Company at