Some heart rate monitor models have sport watch features like a timer, calendar and alarm. It is even possible to set lap and split times. Following each lap ran at a track or each mile covered on a marked race course, the user can press the lap button to gauge the alteration of pace across the entirety of the workout.
Today's heart rate monitors are capable of determining the distance you cover in an exercise session and the speed at which that distances was covered. This is accomplished with GPS and a foot pod for indoor environments. It is accomplished in outdoor environments with the assistance of satellite reception.
The digital interface of your heart rate monitor makes it possible to connect to your smartphone or a computer. This connectivity allows for the downloading of training statistics for storage, sharing or evaluation. This data can be transferred over a wireless connection or the traditional wired variety. In fact, it is possible to tether the heart rate monitor to the smartphone. This permits wrist-top control for phone functionality like fitness apps, text messages, push notifications, songs and even social media. This can all be accomplished without removing your smartphone from your pocket.