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BARBANNA SparkPoints: (108,158)
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1/4/14 1:35 P

I use my god given ability to check my pulse or listen to my breathing. I do not see a purpose in them unless you are making sure you do not have a heart attack or you are training for a big event.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
BERTA6978 SparkPoints: (40,606)
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1/4/14 1:34 P

I have a Polar F4, which I like quite well. It's sort of an intermediate model and is water proof, so one is able to use it for swimming. I've had it almost 2 years and it's still working well. Just today I was reading that the battery life on the watch is about 1 1/2 years, so I'm overdue for a new battery. My manual says to preserve the waterproof feature, it's best to let a Polar representative change the battery. Now, this could be a huge inconvenience.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,605
1/4/14 1:23 P

A lot of people like polars, I have a much more inexpensive Pyle sport HRM and it works perfectly fine.


"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." - John Quincy Adams

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ERINTFG SparkPoints: (41,663)
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1/3/14 10:30 P

I got a Polar FT4 for Christmas and I really like it. :)

LOGICALLIE SparkPoints: (42,856)
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1/3/14 4:29 P

I bought my Polar F6 on eBay for $100 six years ago--and I still use it. I've had to change the battery out, but I've found that local jewelry shops can do it in no time. It's probably the best, most well-used fitness gadget I have.

MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
1/3/14 2:01 P

I also love my Polar FT7. Polar is easy to use, accurate, and works well, and they have a range of models at lots of price points for anything you need to do - running, swimming, get full training programs, and so on. I'm a happy customer and would use them in the future.

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LOTUS737 Posts: 2,033
1/3/14 12:00 P

i love polar ones as well- my first one lasted a few years and i'm picking out a new one now!

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-8 pounds (32 total) by October

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SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 59,371
1/3/14 6:10 A

Here's an article you might also find helpful:

Coach Jen

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford

"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."
KILLEREYEZ83 SparkPoints: (4,516)
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1/3/14 1:09 A

Thanks. I had either the ft4 or Ft7.. It was good and lasted a couple years.

PDUNCAN04 SparkPoints: (6,386)
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1/3/14 12:58 A

I have a polar f4. I do like it. The battery is kind of a pain to deal with if it goes out. I use a treadmill and it picks up my heart rate so I can see it on the display. The f4 is realitively inexpensive. I hope this helps!

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1/3/14 12:48 A

I am looking for a new heart rate monitor.. Mine completely broke although I have had it for a few years now. What is the best heart rate monitor? What do you have? Do you like it?

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