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What Do I Do When the Cardio Machine Keeps Asking Me to Hold On for Heart Rate

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Dear Fit,
I know it's a bad idea to hold onto the handles when using a cardio machine at the gym, however, whenever I am on the treadmill at my gym it is constantly beeping and asking me to, "Hold on for heart rate." What should I do?
-Confused Carrie

Great question! I know exactly what you mean, and I also know how annoying those interruptions can be, so here is my advice: Just hold on as long as you need for the machine to read your heart rate, and let go after the number appears — avoid the urge to lean-on or use the handles as a crutch to make your workout easier. If the machine keeps asking you to hold on to read your heart rate so frequently that you're not getting a good workout, then select another program that does not ask for your heart rate (i.e. not "fitness test"). If you still like to see your heart rate, but hate the machine begging you to hold on all the time, then you may want to get your own personal heart rate monitor, which will automatically transmit your heart rate to most cardio machines. Above all, keep up the good work!


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JessNess JessNess 9 years
I hate it when Im on the bike and it constantly beeps for heart rate. I try to ignore but the beeping annoys me and those around me. I wish we had the option to turn that off
7kimba7 7kimba7 9 years
Haha.. the treadmill at my gym yells at you to put your HR in to get more accurate calorie burning read-outs, but as soon as you put your hands on the metal, it yells at you because it's unsafe. It makes me laugh because it's the same damn machine.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I just ignore it, for the most part that information is incorrect.
Tutta Tutta 9 years
I HATE when I accidently select that program on the machine. I don't want to hear the constant beeping.
jkat jkat 9 years
Any program called "zone" (i.e. "fat burning zone" - which is a myth anyway) bugs you for your heart rate. I don't do those programs. If the machine asks me to hold on, I just ignore it. The treadmills at my gym actually tell you NOT to hold on while running because it is unsafe.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I just ignore it. I know when I am woking hard enough!
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