I've not long got back from the Cardio Rehab Unit where I have just started weekly physiotherapy sessions to help improve my situation after having some stents put in last November. The session was fine - In fact a bit of fun as I was with three other chaps and two ladies who had all had stents done, so we all had something in common to chat about while we were exercising.
There was a Cardio Physiotherapist there along with 2 nurses keeping an eye on everything so all was well.
However during the second half of the session I did push myself (As the physiotherapist put it) "A little harder than I should have" which put my heart rate up quite a bit higher than she would have really wanted me to. There were no problems and I felt OK(ish) with my heart rate going up to around 127 to 130, but it did take a while to come back down during the "cooling off exercises". I should add that all of the time I was wearing a NHS Heart Rate Monitor.
The thing is that I want to get into using my mountain bike (Not off road) in order to help improve my fitness (Something which the physiotherapist says will be an aid to getting back to full fitness) but I do have a habit of "pushing myself a little harder than I ought to without realising just how hard I am pushing myself" at times - Something that I suspect that many of us are guilty of this from time to time!
With that in mind I believe that the easiest way to avoid this is to get my own Heart Rate Monitor, but the question is "Which one would be a good buy"? I have just looked on "The Bay" and they seem to range from around a fiver (I suspect very "cheap and cheerful") up to about sixty pounds (A little more than I would want to pay even though we shouldn't put a price on our health) so do any of you have experience of Heart Rate Monitors, and if so which one would you suggest as a reasonable good buy "without breaking the bank" please?