Average Heart Rate
The Average Heart Rate function calculates your average heart rate during exercise. Use this measurement to determine the effectiveness of your exercise program and to follow your progress. If your goal is to lose weight your average heart rate during most exercise should be toward the lower end of your OwnZone limits. If your goal is to improve aerobic conditioning, aim to keep the average heart rate toward the higher end.
Make it a habit of always checking your Average Heart Rate after exercising. It will help you monitor the effectiveness of your training or know if you should give your training more intensity next time to achieve your goals.
The Average Heart Rate function is also useful in checking for changes in your physical condition. You can tell that you are improving by comparing the average heart rate from one exercise or training week to another. If one week you exercise for 30 minutes in your target zone at an average heart rate of 150 beats per minute (bpm), and another week you work at it a bit harder or longer, and your average heart rate is the same regardless of the workload, you can tell that your fitness level is improving. The fitter you are, the more you can do going at the same average heart rate. In other words, if your average heart rate goes down over time when training with the same pace and conditions it's a tell-tale sign of improvement in fitness level.