Heart rate gone haywire
Ever had your Forerunner or Edge show erratic heart rate readings at the beginning of a run or ride? Happened to me just last week. Less than a minute into my run, my Forerunner 305 is bleeping away, alerting me that I’m in zone 4, 5, 6. This can’t be. I haven’t even worked up a sweat. Ahh sweat — the missing element in establishing a good connection between your heart rate monitor and your ticker.
In cooler temps, it may take longer to work up a good sweat, so we advise wetting the sensor pads on the back of the chest strap before you put on the heart rate monitor. That way, you’ll get more accurate and consistent heart rate readings even from the beginning of your run. Plain water works fine, but if you want to get fancy, you can try a conductive electrode gel. Make sure the monitor fits snugly to your chest, positioned just below your breastplate.
Stay tuned to the Garmin blog next week for news of product intros and enhancements at CES, the huge international trade show for all things tech. Our consumer and automotive products will be in the spotlight, but we’ll also be sharing news on the fitness front. More in future posts.
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