Monday, March 26, 2012

App of the Week: Instant Heart Rate: 03/26/2012

Most professional, amateur, and recreational athletes have an interest in their heart rate. Mostly because they have a heart rate range in which they wish to train. Whether it is 65%, 70%, 80%, or even 90% of their heart rate max; people that have a great interest in training find it important to be able to reach a level and maintain that level. Will this app replace your heart rate monitor that you use for exercise? No, probably not., because it is a little difficult to use while running.  However, if you forget your heart rate monitor you can always use your phone to check your heart rate during rests, post exercise, during recovery, or during low intensity training.

This app is pretty accurate. I have used it at the same time I have used medical heart rate monitors and the numbers are always close, very close. The app is free for those that wish to try it out, but if you prefer your apps to be ad free then there is a $0.99 paid version with more features.

What the developer says about the app:

Turns your phone into a heart rate monitor. Quick and accurate.
★ The best Health & Fitness app on Mobile Premier Awards 2011 according to jury of industry experts ★
Instant Heart Rate is the most accurate Heart Rate Monitor app for any smartphone and it does not need any external hardware.
Use it for optimizing your exercise and to track your progress.
Install it now and keep fit.
Accuracy is constantly tested by fitness coaches, nurses, doctors, EMTs and 5 million users like you.

Place the tip of your index finger on phone’s camera and in a couple of seconds your Heart Rate will be shown. 
A real-time chart will show your every heart beat.
It uses your phones built-in camera to track color changes on the fingertip that are directly linked to your pulse. This is the same technique that medical pulse oximeters use.

Now you have a chance to track your fitness and health every-time with just your phone.
Your resting heart rate gives you a view into your hearts fitness. The fitter you get the lower your heart rate will be.

✓ Heart rate measurements
✓ Real time PPG graph - see your every heart beat
✓ Cardio workout monitoring

NOTE: Works best on devices with flash. On other devices it has to be used with good lighting.

The app can be found at Google Play:
Instant Heart Rate

I believe that there is a version at the iTunes App Store as well. 

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