I second the Polar FT4, I bought mine with the chest strap, used on ebay for $40. If you want something cheap, you're going to get what you pay for! I learned that the hard way. Bought some $20 thing that was really innacurate and broke with 3 months anyway.
If you are consistently active, a good HRM is worth the investment. I love my FT4 and have had it for 3 years, and that was used when I first bought it anyway! I had to change the battery once and it was $6 and easy peasy!
Fitness Minutes: (10,640)
116 6/27/13 11:11 A
I've been using Polar for years. I started with the very basic one and have upgraded to one that allows me to focus more on zone training.
Although Polar does cost a little more than others you will see elsewhere they will last a long time. I have a friend who has burned through several of the cheaper HRM's while my original Polar that is over 4 years old still works when I just need a basic workout.
If you are looking for a basic HRM then I would go with the FT4. My friend recently bought one on Amazon for about $65. It includes the chest strap (which I recommend over the wireless because the chest strap is more accurate).
Fitness Minutes: (14,252)
9,661 6/27/13 10:44 A
Whatever kind you get, you want it to have these specific features for the most accurate calorie burn estimates:
1) Chest strap to measure heart rate. Any version that requires you to push a button or reads only from the wrist is going to be less accurate. 2) Includes a way to enter your gender, weight, and age. These factors are important for accurate calorie burn readings.
I found a cheap Sportline one at Walmart for $50 that served me well for over a year before the battery died. My only complaint about that one was that you couldn't stop it counting, so you had to take note of the amount at the end of the workout. It would continue counting as long as I was in the car, too, even if I had removed the strap! As long as I did that, though, it was fine, and it served my needs. When it died, I upgraded to a more expensive, but far more useful and trustworthy Garmin Forerunner 110. I love it because it's got built-in GPS and I can track maps when I'm outside, and can label activities as running, walking, biking, whatever.
I'm interested in buying a heart rate monitor that calculates how many calories I burn during a work out. I've never owned or used one before. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions because I have no idea where to start. I would prefer for it to be somewhat cheap.
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