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Monday, April 01, 2013

I was looking at ads for heart rate monitors yesterday. There is a large ad for polar heart rate monitors at my gym. I was wondering if they're useful. I look at the ads and the reviews and I think that I really don't need to know my heart rate at any moment. The calorie burns given on SP are accurate enough.

Heart rate monitors look like a neat toy and I don't have a watch. I have enough trouble setting up an ordinary watch. I had to give up one because I forgot how to set the time on it. I don't want to get an expensive heart rate monitor and find it completely useless because I can't figure out the instructions. I might not even be able to set the time on it. No one wants to wear a watch with the wrong time.

First, to anyone that has one. Are they easy to set? Do you find it useful? Do they make exercising more fun?

Still, I might never buy one or buy one tomorrow. I'm like that when it comes to buying things. I can look at ads for something for months and not buy it. I longed for a Kindle for months and I still haven't bought one. I won't list all the crap that I've bought on impulse and never needed.
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    I just posted all about my experience with heart rate monitors on your yesterday's blog entry. I should add that I never bother with the calorie burn aspect of it. I just go with SP and if it's more, then great.
    I started using them after age 55 when I wanted to keep my HR in targeted ranges. Now I don't use one at all.
    2765 days ago
    I have a Sportline and it's sometimes a little frustrating to get it operating in the heart rate/calories burned mode and right now it won't function at all. It was a $50 monitor from Walmart and I wouldn't buy that one again. With that being said, I do love using a HRM even though the calories I was burning was pretty close to the SP calorie estimate. I was only doing aerobics and walking, no running or anything. For me it was mental. I loved have a visual of what me effort was achieving. It was nice to see how many calories I was burning while exercising and I think it kept me pushing a little longer to see my results.
    2765 days ago
    I have bought more than one and never figured out how to use them. They are in a drawer somewhere. I guess what I wanted was for someone one else to set it us and then tell me how to work it and it be simple.
    2766 days ago
    I love mine. It's a polar. I found SP's calorie burn was no where near what I was actually burning, so It came in really handy, especially since most of my fitness was running. Now I use my Garmin for running. It not only tracks my heartrate, but also mileage and speed. That one was hard to set up. My Polar was not too bad actually. It just took reading the manual, and entering things like age, weight, etc. Plus one quick O2 max test. You just lie there until the timer goes off. lol

    But it all does come down to one thing. If you decide you want/need one. That's it. If you are doing great and making progress without one, you likely don't need it. It's just another tool on this journey.
    2767 days ago
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