P.E. classes introduce heart rate monitors

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Abbie Craig '17 completes a figure four stretch in Track 2. The class has been using the armbands to measure their difference in heart rate after workouts.

P.E. students have been using a new piece of equipment: heart rate monitors. These heart rate monitors wrap around your forearm and measure your heartbeats per minute.

P.E. instructors have high hopes for the new technology. “We want to teach kids about their heart rate and what it’s doing during exercise,” P.E. teacher Deb Nicholson said. “We want to try to teach them what it feels like to be in their target heart rate zone.”

This enthusiasm is also apparent in the attitudes of some of the students. “It’ll tell me when I’m overworking myself and when I’m not doing enough exercise, so I can get to the level of fitness and the physical strength and endurance I want to be at instead of overworking myself or not doing anything at all,” Alison Hough ’19 said.