I'll check into other classes. My HRM is pretty "low key", but it gives me the information I need. Someone suggested I put in my goal weight instead of my real weight, what do you think? Thanks for replying.
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2,250 5/31/13 12:58 P
109 seems pretty low. When I exercise I try to keep my heart rate between 150 and 170, but when I'm running it can get up to 180-ish. However on my non-running days I will do the elliptical and hiking and if I don't get over 150 I know I'm just wasting my time. And yeah, you have to up the intensity when you lose weight, just a fact of life.
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154 5/31/13 12:50 P
Sadly it takes less energy to keep a smaller body in motion than a larger one so as you lose weight you're going to have to increase the intensity or duration of your workout in order to burn the same amount of calories :-( In addition to the general laws of physics the more often you do a workout the more efficient your body becomes at that particular workout so even if you didn't lose weight in time you'd end up burning fewer calories if you stick to the same workout. If you change up your workout you'll probably start burning more calories again.
You do burn less calories the less weight you are...which is annoying but we can't change it!
Everyone is different with their HRM ranges, but 109 for me is just walking fast. My running range is somewhere between 155-185 depending on the speed. That is very high I think comparatively to others. Zumba I usually am in the 130-140 range.
Does your HRM have a function where it gives you ranges to try to meet? Like mine says to do 1 hour 120-145, 1 hour 145-155, and 30 minutes 155-170 bpm per week. (I have a Polar Ft60)
Does your gym offer any higher impact classes? Step?
I have been using a HRM and when I was heavier I was burning a lot of calories. It seems like the more I lose the less calories I am burning. I do Zumba and Hip Hop both twice a week. Is there something else I should be doing? I usually only get my heart rate up to 109, I haven't changed the way I work out. I also do 1 5K a month, my heart rate gets up to 162 then, so does that mean I need to run everywhere?
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