International Journal of Exercise Science 12(4): 374-384, 2019. Assessment of biometrics during exercise is evolving to create devices that are “all-inclusive", in an effort to decrease the number of devices required during exercise while providing comprehensive and accurate biometric measures. The purpose of this study was to determine the accuracy of two optical heart rate monitors, the Jabra earbud and the Mio Alpha wristwatch, during aerobic and anaerobic exercise. Twenty-two recreationally active participants (25.4 ± 6.9 years, 171 ± 11 cm, 73.9 ± 3.1 kg, and 25.2 ± 9.2% body fat) completed this study. Participants completed 30 minutes of treadmill activity, 25 minutes of high-intensity interval exercise (HIT), and 40 minutes of continuous outdoor activity of their choice, walking or running. Three heart rate (HR) monitors, (Polar chest strap, Mio Alpha, Jabra earbud) were worn during all exercises, with the Polar chest strap serving as the benchmark. HR was assessed in one-second intervals. Analyses included mean bias, mean absolute percent error (MAPE), and Lin’s concordance coefficient. Overall, the Mio Alpha had a MAPE of 5.73 ± 10.19% and a moderate correlation with the benchmark, r(c) = 0.771, performing better in the treadmill and outdoor conditions. The Jabra earbud had a MAPE of 3.14 ± 6.13%, and a high correlation with the benchmark, r(c) = 0.939, performing well in all three conditions. Placing a HR monitor in an earbud is a viable option for obtaining an accurate HR assessment during different types of exercise. The accuracy of the Mio Alpha was likely affected by wrist movements during the HIT training.
Bunn, Jennifer A.; Wells, Elizabeth K.; Manor, John P.; and Webster, Michael J.
"Evaluation of Earbud and Wristwatch Heart Rate Monitors during Aerobic and Resistance Training,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Vol. 12
4, Pages 374 - 384.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijes/vol12/iss4/7