Do Apple AirPods Have A Heart Rate Monitor?

It is not new for wearable technology to have fitness trackers. It has been one of its selling points since it has been introduced to the market. Smartwatches, in particular, have these features that enable users to monitor their health by just wearing them on their wrists. It is equipped with electrical heart sensors that allow them to track your heart rate. Aside from smartwatches, one of the most commonly used accessories is Apple AirPods.

Advances in technology enabled the medical field to develop different devices and equipment that help in treating illnesses and monitoring health status. These days, it is not only limited to hospitals and clinics to have these kinds of technology. There are medical devices that you can have at home and some that you can even wear. Thus, incorporating such features in your Apple AirPods is not impossible.

Can your Apple Airpods monitor your heart rate?

Currently, Apple has AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max. These three differ primarily in their design. AirPods have the universal fit, while AirPods Pro can be customized. The two are the same except that AirPods Pro has active noise cancellation and sweat and water resistance. On the other hand, AirPods Max, which is the latest release, is an over-ear headphone. Out of these three, none of them have a heart rate monitor. 

Yes, you read it right. You cannot track your heart rate with Apple AirPods at the moment. However, there are rumors that the subsequent releases might have these health features. According to some reports, it may use light sensors to collect data such as heart rate and blood oxygen levels. At present, the tech giant is gearing up for the third generation of AirPods and second generation of AirPods Pro, while there are still no plans for the second generation of AirPods Max. Still, there is no confirmation of the rumored health-related features.

Benefits of Having a Heart Rate Monitor

You may have heard of heart rate monitors being used in patients at hospitals. The data being recorded is beneficial not only for the sick but also for the healthy ones. People who have an active lifestyle use them as a reference for their workouts. This is why everyone is getting whipped with the idea of having heart rate sensors on their wireless earbuds. Monitoring your heart rate will help you determine whether you are on the right track. Calories and fats need a specific heart rate for them to get burned. 

Here are some key points when using heart rate monitors when working out.

  • Aside from burning calories and fats, keeping the heart rate for a more extended period is also good for your cardio. 
  • Carbohydrates and fats do not burn at the same time. Carbohydrates burn faster when you have an increased heart rate.
  • To determine your maximum heart rate, subtract your age from 220. A 30-year old will have a maximum heart rate of 190 beats per minute.
  • The closer you get to your maximum heart rate, the lesser fat is being used. The best number to maintain is midway the maximum heart rate. It will guarantee you that you are using most of the fats in your body.
  • While intense workouts are good, do not wear yourself out. Heart rate monitors can serve as early warning devices to prevent possible threats. 

Working out is not only for adults. Kids need exercise as well for them to be healthy. Smartwatches for kids are equipped with these heart rate monitors, so you do not need to worry about your kids getting overworked. 

Apple AirPods is not far from that milestone. Wireless earbuds are electronic devices that can be worn but will not be considered wearable technology unless they can measure and collect data from the user. With all the data that Apple has from its previous health-related products, the future of AirPods is unimaginable.

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