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Heart rate monitors

Everyday athletes can wear bling too! Mine is pastel pink, beeps at me, and I love it dearly.

It’s a heart rate monitor and although it’s a tiny investment, it can save pounds in the long run. For those of you unfamiliar with the product, most heart rate monitors include two-pieces. The monitor/display is typically worn as a wrist watch and the transmitter component which you wear strapped just under your chest.

The formula for weight loss is simple; burn more calories than you consume and eat healthy foods. So, it makes sense that if you’re looking to lose weight you’re going to want to keep track with caloric intake and outtake (exercise). But why bother spending money on a heart rate monitor when most of the cardio machines at the gym give a caloric count right? Well, for one – most of those machines aren’t accurate, and are inconsistent with other machines of the same type. While some allow personal measurements such as age and weight to be entered, in the end, it’s still an estimate.

Hence one of the glorious features of the heart rate monitors. It’s personal, it’s yours. Enter your specific measurements and behold the wonders of an exact calculation of calories burned. For example – when I first bought my heart rate monitor (Polar F6) I tested it on the elliptical machine. The machine read that I burned about 350 calories in 30 minutes, but my heart rate monitor read only 310. It doesn’t seem like a big deal, but that daily 40 calorie difference turns into a weekly difference of 280 calories. The heart rate monitor also allows me to calculate caloric burn for activities that don’t offer an estimate read such as cycling or CrossFit. I’ve never tried it, but I want to wear it for an entire day of normal activities and see what I should burn through my daily routine!

Another great feature is obviously the heart rate calculation. Whether you’re training for a specific event or just working on your cardiovascular health, you know that you need to train your body and heart to endure and recover from certain “zones.”  To determine which zone you’re working in, take your maximum heart rate (220 minus your age), and a low-intensity work out is 60-70% of your max heart rate, moderate-intensity is 70-80% and high-intensity is 80% and over. However, if you have your heart rate monitor on, your specific targets are already calculated for you and your current heart rate is prominently displayed – making interval training (work at a high intensity, recover, then repeat), a whole lot easier.

For fitness-enthusiasts, a heart rate monitor is the perfect accessory!

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Thanks for this post and thanks for stopping by! I actually bought a Polar F4 not long after my post and so far I’m pleased with it. At $89.99 or so I thought that was a pretty good deal for what I needed. Of course the store rep tried to direct me to the $250-300 versions. HAHA Don’t think so.

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