Why give your loved one a heart rate monitor as a gift?
1. It will motivate them
How does a heart rate monitor motivate?
By creating a competitive exercise environment. Competition forces your body to work harder to be better because evolution has dictated (at least it used to) only the fittest most-able survive. It’s the same reason why bootcamps work – you try to match your counterpart.
With heart rate monitoring you try to match your counterparts exercising heart rate while doing the same exercises and also strive to beat (with lower rhr) their resting heart rate.
These concrete personal numbers (your heart rate) instill a sense of pride in most people. This pride makes them strive to improve these numbers to be better than the rest (better than average).
2. It’s an investment in their health and wellbeing
A heart rate monitor is an investment in your loved ones health and wellbeing because it will make them exercise safe and more efficiently to prevent over training, injury and wasted time.
Some people even use a heart rate monitor as a medical device after or during heart disease. They use it to stay within a specified (by their Doc) heart rate zone.
Zone training makes it impossible to exercise any other way than what is right for you. You learn over time using a heart rate monitor how you feel at each zone and this is a skill (mind to heart) that lasts forever. A skill that will continue to pay dividends when your loved-one plays sports, exercises without a heart rate monitor and does any other physical activity.
3. It’s an original, cool and useful gift
Why not be the spark that lights the exercise flame underneath your loved-ones butt?
A heart rate monitor is more than just a sport watch. It is a proven sports technology tool. Pro to beginner athletes use them. Thankfully, HRMs are affordable so that we can all benefit.
At the very least a heart rate monitor is a change of pace gift that will be much more appreciated and used than a new sweater, new snow shovel, box of DVDs or random gift card.
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Best Heart Rate Monitor Gift For Your Boyfriend or Husband
The Gadget Man
Why not get (and keep) your boyfriend or husband motivated with a fitness gadget that he will never get bored of?
The Timex Global Trainer is a gadget that will melt his mind. With so much ability to improve his runs and fitness you will also reap the benefits.
The main thing about this Timex is that it has GPS. It can talk with the Global Positioning Satellites to accurately record your run or cycle speed and distance. This is crucial because you can later upload this data to computer and plot out your runs over time.
Race against your past self on your past tracks is essentially the best way to improve fitness and your running speed. And this Timex offers that.
The Lazy Man
Why not get your boyfriend or husband off to a running start with the strapless Oregon Scientific heart rate monitor?
It is the newest heart rate monitor and it’s pretty cool.
The main good things about this heart rate monitor is that you do not need to hold any buttons to get heart rate. You simply touch anything on the watch face (bezel) and seconds later your heart rate is displayed. This is good for swimming.
Water ingress happens on strapless heart rate monitors with buttons. The water ingress breaks the watch. But this watch has adequate water resistance and no buttons which makes it the perfect swimming companion – although the heart rate won’t work if you touch the watch face under the water (need to be above water).
The Runner or Triathlete
The number 1 GPS heart rate monitor for runners and triathletes has to be the Garmin Forerunner 305. And at only about $150 it is highly affordable and offers extreme value for the price tag…
…There isn’t a heart rate monitor in the galaxy that offers as much ooomfff for as little ca$h. People who have bought the 305 (and this watch is the most reviewed heart rate monitor on Amazon.com) love it and love it and love it some more and rate it 4.5 / 5. I mean seriously these people love it:
“Has changed the way I run.” P. Lange (Connecticut)
“The Garmin 305 is an excellent tool – very recommended.” Steven Parlee
“Wow.” S. Robertson (Chigaco, IL US)
With this GPS watch you get 10 hours of continuous use before you need to recharge it. You get data upload so you can take advantage of Garmin Connect (online community to share your data and get pointers) and Garmin Training Center (software to log all your runs and heart rate data).
You get motivated to train hard with the Garmin “Virtual Partner” which is a digital person for you to compete with. You get interval timers so that you can interval train while running (setup the timers with alarms to do walk 1 min, run 1 min style of exercise) if you so please.
The Garmin 305 is also compatible with the Garmin Foot Pod if you want GPS and the foot pod (for treadmill running). You must take a look at everything else you get:
Best Heart Rate Monitor Gift For Your Girlfriend or Wife
The Fit Smart Girl
The number 1 best gift for your girlfriend or wife is the Polar FT7F. Why number 1?
Data upload! The FT7F is the most affordable Polar watch with the ability to upload your heart rate data to PC or Mac via the Polar FlowLink device.
Well, with data upload your girlfriend or wife can take advantage of PolarPersonalTrainer.com, which is free. On that website you can track your workouts, log your food and receive personalized exercise programs based on the HR data you upload. Never overtrain or under train again!
The FT7 hits a sweet spot and gives you the best of both worlds (price and functionality). Just released are several new color options. Click the link below to check ‘em out.
The Lazy Woman
Coming in 2nd place for best gift for your girlfriend or wife is the brand spanking new Oregon Scientific Gaiam. So, what’s new and cool about it?
It is strapless. And it also works with a chest strap! But the main cool factor is that there are no buttons to press while going strapless. The entire screen of the watch face is the button! You know how you can touch an iPhone screen – same thing. Which also means, that since this Gaiam has 50m water resistance, it is good for lap swimming… and then when you stop for a quick break you can take your heart rate and not have to worry about water ingress through buttons.
It also has a stopwatch, calorie counter and is the thinnest design out there – perfect for a women’s wrist size. There’s quite a few different color options for you… Just check ‘em out at the link below:
The Running Woman
Sleek and jam-packed with features that will definitely take your loved-ones running fitness to the next level.
The GPS enabled Garmin Forerunner 110 is packed with features and doodads but is still one of the most simple heart rate monitors to use – even if you’re a noobie…
… The 110 is perfect for the running women because with this GPS watch you can record your runs for later upload to the free Garmin website Garmin Connect or simply to your computer with Garmin Training Center (to keep a log).
You can see you running speed, distance and thus pace to maintain your training pace or to simply know how fast you are going. You get a rechargeable battery, accurate calorie counter (for weight management and piece of mind), automatic lap recording and all the sport watch capability you could ever ask for.
Best Heart Rate Monitor Gift For Your Mom or Dad
The Beginner to Heart Rate Training
So why is this heart rate monitor perfect for your mom or dad if they’re new to heart rate training?
Because it has everything they need and nothing they don’t. Which leaves no confusion out-of-the-box. And ensures they can start getting healthy straight away.
For about $65, it is an entry level heart rate monitor. It is also the bestselling Polar heart rate monitor. It boasts some lovely heart rate features like automatic age based target zones (means less moving around within the watch), 10 workout data memory (see average and max heart rate of past 10), a coded signal between chest strap and watch (prevent interference from radio signals or other heart rate monitorers), a calorie counter and a user replaceable battery.
You can get this watch in pink as shown or grey/black. As you would expect from a best seller, this watch also shows favorable ratings with an approval of 4.5/5 off more that 130 people.
The Technology Challenged
Get all the benefits of a chest strap heart rate monitor without the chest strap.
Would your mom or dad be keen on wearing an uncomfortable chest strap?
The ePulse2 is a special strapless heart rate monitor that goes around your forearm to continuously measure your heart rate in real-time.
Impact Sports Technologies has developed this strapless, and yet, continuous heart rate monitoring training computer. It is a worlds first!
Usually when you come across a strapless heart rate monitor you expect to touch some button on the watch face to give your heart rate. You don’t expect a real-time, continuous readout. But the ePulse2 does just that.
The gist of how this puppy works is a light emitting sensor on the back of the watch display emits wavelengths/light that “looks” at the change in your (forearm’s) blood vessel diameter as blood gushes through. Thus the watch sees that increase and thus knows you have had a heart beat.
The ePulse2 strapless monitor has an approval rating of 4 / 5 … Some people do mention the battery draw as high (because of the continuous light emitting.) They say after 3 hours continuous heart rate monitoring the ePulse2 requires charging. Luckily it comes stock with a rechargeable battery.
The Avid Exerciser
Easily see your current heart rate zone front and center with the Zone Trainer’s graphic display.
Is your mom or dad hard of hearing or do they enjoy listening to music while exercising?
Well, with the Zone Trainer neither of those matter because you can instantly see your current heart rate zone. Let me tell you why this is important:
Most heart rate monitors will simply beep when you move between different heart rate zones. How are you supposed to remember which zone your are currently in? Well, with the Zone Trainer you can just look at the display at the top of the watch screen. During bootcamp or exercise class this can be crucial. Because if you see you are in the max zone you could immediately slow down – if you don’t want to be in that zone.
All-in-all the Zone Trainer is a perfect training companion for general fitness activities.
Best Heart Rate Monitor Gift For Your Brother or Sister
The best running heart rate monitor gift for your brother or sister is definitely the Garmin FR60 with the foot pod bundled in. What’s a foot pod? A foot pod uses your running stride to measure your speed, pace and distance – essential for a good running heart rate monitor.
The FR60 also has a calorie counter and some ridiculously useful in-built programs that I’d like to tell you about:
Virtual partner allows you to compete with a virtual person (for competitive motivation). Custom interval training allows you to set up your desired rest and exert times and watch alarms you when to go and when to stop.
My friend has this watch and she uses it to train for triathlons. She loves how easy it is to move around inside the watch functions and how it isn’t pink and is yet a Unisex or women’s watch size (if you choose that one).
The General Fitness (Cross-training) Enthusiast
At around $65, this Timex Road Trainer is the perfect gift for your brother or sister. You won’t be disappointed with the ability of this watch to take your siblings heart rate training to the next level (and they won’t be either).
You get features usually reserved for $200+ watches like 5 target zones, calorie counter, coded chest strap, recovery heart rate timer, data transfer to PC or Mac, stopwatch and 100m water resistance (which means surface swimming – but HR data won’t work while swimming).
I seriously cannot believe this watch is so affordable. With 4/5 stars rating off 88 customer reviews on Amazon, the majority seem to agree with me – this heart rate monitor is awesome!
The Newbie to Exercise and/or Heart Rate Training
The Timex Personal Trainer is the bestselling heart rate monitor out of all brands, and at about $40, is a basic entry level type heart rate monitor. It may look more masculine than the others on this page but I assure you it is unisex.
Obviously, a lot of people are starting to train the smart way, the heart rate way and want an affordable easy to use heart rate monitor with a chest strap, calorie counter, real time heart rate display and 1 workouts worth of heart rate data storage.
If you are looking for something to get you started into heart rate training, then this Timex should do the trick! And this bad-boy has an approval rating of 4.5/5 off nearly 600 customers who have taken the time to rate.