Measuring your heart rate during workouts can help you better understand your fitness over time -- it’s a great indicator of how hard you’re pushing yourself and how well you’ve trained your body to respond to demanding activities. Heart rate data unlocks a number of helpful features for Strava subscribers, including Relative Effort, Heart Rate Zones, and automatic updates to your Fitness Score.
Strava is compatible with a number of GPS devices that record heart rate data, including Garmin, Fitbit, Apple Watch, Wahoo, Polar, and Suunto, and TomTom.* To connect a GPS watch or other supported devices:
- On the web,
- Select the plus sign icon in the upper right-hand corner and choose Upload activity from the drop-down menu.
- Click Get Started under the device you wish to upload from.
- Follow the on-screen prompts to finish connecting your accounts.
- On the mobile app,
Open your settings from the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner of the Home, Groups, or You tab.
- Tap Link Other Services on Android or Applications, Services, and Devices on iOS.
- Tap Connect a device to Strava.
- Select the device brand you’re using and follow the instructions to connect your Strava account.
- If you don’t see the brand you’re looking for, check the Strava website using the instructions above.
*Please note that in order for an activity to contain heart rate data, that activity must be recorded with a device with a heart rate sensor. If an activity is recorded with a device that does not have a heart rate sensor, unfortunately, that activity will not display heart rate data. Heart rate data from another device or service, such as Apple Health, cannot be merged into your activity.
If you have a standalone Bluetooth heart rate monitor, you can pair it directly with Strava.
After you’ve connected Strava to a compatible device, and if you’ve allowed Strava to collect and process health-related data, heart rate data will be shared with the rest of the data in your activity uploads. You can hide heart rate data from your activity posts if you’d prefer not to share it with other members.