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There are three main instances where heart rate monitors are particularly useful for runners:
1. If you're under a doctor's care for your heart, a monitor may literally be “just what the doctor ordered” to prevent overworking your ticker.
2. If you're looking to lose more than a few pounds, a heart rate monitor can help you train in your ideal 60% - 70% intensity range for maximum weight loss.
3. Using a heart rate monitor can assist serious competitors train in the 70% – 80% intensity range that produces optimum fitness gains.