What is MIO?
is the worlds first watch to use your personal data (gender, birth
date, weight and resting heart rate) to:
- Take your ECG-accurate
heart rate without a chest strap
- Calculate the percent
of your maximum heart rate during a workout
- Time how quickly your
heart rate returns to its resting rate after exercising, the best
indicator of fitness
- Record the calories
you burn during a session
- Keep a running tally
of the calories you eat during the day
- Come with MioSense,
the no-nonsense guide to health and fitness.
does MIO measure heart rate?
uses patented MioSensors that work by finger touch rather than the
chest strap used by most other ECG-accurate heart rate monitors. When
you want to measure your heart rate, place two fingers on the MioSensors;
seconds, MIO measures and displays your heart rate! The watch can also
display the percentage of your maximum heart rate and the calories burned
during a workout.
does ECG-accurate mean?
ECG or electrocardiogram is the test performed in doctors offices
as a measure of the electrical activity of the heart. This activity regulates
heart contraction, so an ECG measures your hearts exact rate and
MIO as accurate as watches that use a chest strap?
as accurate. Mio is a self-contained unit with built-in sensors, making
it immune to interference. Watches with a chest strap, on the
other hand, give a continuous heart rate and rely on wireless transmission
which is prone to radio frequency noises and "cross talk" between units.
is the difference between a heart rate and a pulse rate?
heart rate is the number of times your heart contracts in a given period,
measured in beats per minute. Your pulse rate is the number of times blood,
forced by your contracting heart, surges through and dilates your vessels
in a given period. Because the heart sends the blood through the vessels,
heart and pulse rate for practical purposes are essentially (but not absolutely)
the same. Most exercisers measure their pulse rate. MIO measures your
heart rate, which is more accurate.
is it more accurate to measure heart rate rather than pulse rate?
such as with irregular heart beats or premature beats, the heart does
not send out enough blood to be felt as a pulse, so the heart and pulse
is it important to know my heart rate?
your heart rate can help you in two ways:
- If you know your resting
heart rate, it can help you determine your fitness level. The more
quickly you return to your resting heart rate after exercising, the
more fit you are.
- If you monitor your
heart rate during exercise, you can increase or decrease the intensity
of your workout to reach a target heart rate that allows you to exercise
and burn calories more efficiently.
is a resting heart rate?
resting heart rate is just that, your heart rate when you are at rest.
Its best to measure your resting heart rate upon wakening naturally
in the morning (an alarm clock can make your heart beat faster) and before
rising (standing increases your heart rate). The average resting heart
rate is 72 beats per minute (BPM). Some people use a resting heart rate
as a measure of fitness the lower the rate, the more fit the individual.
However, a more accurate measure of fitness is how quickly your heart
rate slows down after exercising.
is a maximum heart rate?
maximum heart rate is the theoretical point at which, during extreme physical
exertion, your heart rate begins to level off and you approach physical
exhaustion. You dont need to exercise at a level to reach this rate
in fact, coming too close can be dangerous for those at risk for
is a target heart rate?
target heart rate is the percentage of your maximum heart rate where you
exercise and burn calories most efficiently. Most people choose a target
between 55%-75% of their maximum heart rate maintaining the highest
rate at which they can sustain exercise for a desired period and optimize
their workout. If you have a personal or family history of heart disease,
you will want to set your target heart rate between 45%-55% levels
that reduce unnecessary strain on your heart.
is MIO designed for?
and the MioSense program are for anyone who is interested in general health
and fitness, whether you want to improve cardiovascular fitness, lose
weight, train for a race or improve your health after a heart attack.
does MIO help a person with a fitness program?
provides the time, a chronograph, lap timer, alarm and chime. You can
use it to time your intervals or laps, calculate your calories burned
and measure your heart rate.
does MioSense help plan a fitness program?
provides detailed information on how to use MIO and on general health
and fitness, including tips for eating well and exercising regularly.
The program also outlines a cardiac support section for patients recovering
from cardiac problems or surgery, and a weight management program. Remember
to consult with your physician before beginning any exercise or weight
does MIO keep track of my calories?
uses complex formulas based on your own personal data, including your
gender, age, weight, resting heart rate and heart rate when exercising.
You can enter the calories you consume into the watch and it will keep
a running calorie total, let you know when you reach your daily calorie
target, calculate how many calories you burn during exercise and deduct
those calories from your calorie total.