What Everyone Should Know About Heart Rate Monitors

Mio Global, Mio Staff

Intensity matters. If you’re serious about getting in shape, you should be keeping track of your heart rate during exercise to ensure you’re working out with the right level of intensity. It’s how our bodies communicate with us when we work out.

Here’s everything you need to know about the devices that make monitoring your heart rate possible.  


A heart rate monitor is a device that helps you measure your heart’s beats per minute. One of its main purposes is to measure exercise intensity and inform fitness seekers on when they need to speed up or slow down in order to achieve the best workout. Heart rate monitors come in two forms: a chest strap and a wristband or watch. Both options work by using a sensor to detect your pulse.

There are many types of heart rate monitors on the market. If you’re interested in a heart rate monitor that translates your heart rate data into one, simple score for staying healthy, check out our new Mio SLICE Heart Rate + Activity Tracker. It features a new scientifically-proven metric called Personal Activity Intelligence (PAI).


We recommend using a heart rate monitor for feedback during all your workouts, whether jogging, walking, running, cycling, hiking, climbing, rehabilitating from an injury, or when trying to lose weight. While doing any of these activities, you can benefit from using a heart rate monitor by aiming for your target heart rate zones, such as your aerobic or fat burning zone.


RELATED: How To Calculate Your Heart Rate Zones


Heart rate monitors are also excellent tools for providing the data you need to measure your progress over time, and ensure that you get the most out of your workouts. Many heart rate monitoring devices come with additional features as well, including steps, speed, distance, calories burned, timers, and intensity level alerts.

Including the above features, Mio SLICE also has built-in sleep tracking and analysis


There’s a lot of debate between heart rate monitor watches and how they compare to chest straps. While the chest strap will always give users the most accurate reading, what they lack in comfort and convenience doesn’t make up for its pitfalls. 

Heart rate monitor watches are more ideal because of their fit, feel and convenience. Unlike chest straps that are tight and can cause chafing, wristbands are comfortable and stay put. There’s even been instances of chest straps restricting breathing and movement. 


RELATED: Why You Should Never Wear a Heart Rate Monitor Chest Strap Again


With the vast selection of heart rate monitor watches on the market, it can be overwhelming to try to find the best option.


Mio Global pioneered Optical Heart Rate Technology with the  first heart rate monitoring watch to hit the market, and our technology has been used in several of our competitors products. Our latest and most advanced heart rate monitor watch is Mio SLICEwhich features a scientifically-validated metric called Personal Activity Intelligence (PAI). PAI is takes your heart rate data during activity and translates it into one, simple score, showing you how much activity you need to live a longer, healthier life. 

It also tracks steps, sleep, calories-burned, distance, smartphone notifications and is water resistant up to 30m/100ft.


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