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12/3/11 6:29 P it not as good as other HRMs? Can I still use it, figure out my heart rate and then estimate calories burned during my exercise somehow?

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12/3/11 5:35 A


It sounds like you have a basic heart rate monitor so it would be difficult to determine calories expended just based on the figures alone.

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

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12/2/11 9:11 P

I've never used a HRM before but I just bought one off amazon. It is a polar and when I started using it I realized that I can't input my information into it-like my age, weight, and gender. Is that a bad thing?
It does have a chest strap and the wrist watch. It seems to just give the current heart rate and then average heart rate and duration of exercise.
It is the Polar FT1 Heart Rate Monitor
Is this how HRMs are supposed to work? How do I figure out how many calories I have supposedly burned with this?
I'm not trying to lose weight and I've lost weight without a HRM but I thought it would be fun to add it to my workouts. :/

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