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LYSADELL
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7/6/13 12:23 P

With a chest strap it is! Thanks. Will be going to Amazon.com for that.

Have a great weekend and thanks again.



DRAGONCHILDE
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7/5/13 9:52 P

I had a wrist-only one that I was constantly having to touch, and it was beyond annoying, and increased my risk of injury. HArd to do step aerobics while staring at your hands!

Definitely go with a chest strap. More accurate, easier to use.



LDR2008
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7/5/13 8:21 P

Get one with a chest strap. They just work. I had one before that was wrist only, and it never read my heart rate (always had an error), plus, I always had to stop and try to check it.



NANLEYKW
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7/5/13 5:34 P

Yes, definitely get one with a chest strap. It's a more accurate reading.



ZORBS13
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7/5/13 4:36 P

chest straps continually monitor, whereas you have to stop your activity to use finger sensors, therefore giving you a less accurate reading.

The price difference is minimal and the chest strap is generally very comfortable (I only had problems with mine if I wore it 3 or 4 hours on very hot days), I don't see why anyone would get a HRM without a strap.



LYSADELL
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7/5/13 3:56 P

I have an HRM w/a chest strap and had to get new batteries. Sent to Timex and they "fixed" it and it is not right. How can I have a Heart Rate of 38 when I'm doing low impact aerobics, wouldn't I be...umm...

So, don't think my HRM is doing a good job, in the market for a new one. What do you suggest? chest strap or just a watch one?

I use it to see how many calories I burn in a workout, then that's it, I don't need it for anything other.



 
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