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6/24/13 12:09 P

love my Timex!

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6/23/13 2:58 P

I have a TIMEX IRONMAN and love it.....

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6/23/13 8:02 A

For running, walking and outdoor biking, I have a Garmin Forerunner 410 that I use and I love it! I am on my second technically because I had a problem with the first one. I sent it in for TLC and they ended up sending me a replacement and I've had that one for about 2 years now. No problems since. You can use it to send various workouts like intervals and such too.

I also have a Polar FT4 HRM for indoor workouts and it's alright.

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6/23/13 4:13 A

I tried the Phone app and found that the two phones I have used it on that the batteries went flat very quickly which is why I got the Garmin.

I bought a Polar a year or so back and it did not give me everything but it was a very cheap one.

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6/22/13 11:27 P

I'll second TCANNO's recommendation of a Garmin Forerunner 110. That's what I have! I love being able to track my routes on the website after I'm done. I can take notes, share, etc. I can flag it as training, races, whatever I like. I can also export the data to Google Maps.

Anarie: Yes, the Garmin's chest strap is used for calorie burn. Before I had the chest strap, I just bought the watch (though the strap I had would work with it... it didn't.) The calories tracker were significantly lower with pure GPS than with the heart strap.

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6/22/13 1:00 P

Polar has some models that track distance. I had one that used a shoe pod-- it was like a super-accurate pedometer. I found it more accurate than the fancy satellite Garmin I had briefly.

If you get a Garmin, be SURE that it really uses your heart rate to track calories. I had one that included a HRM and did tell you your heart rate, but it used the distance to calculate calorie burn! Made NO sense. (But it was a very cheap Garmin model, not their best quality.) I burn fewer calories per mile than most people, and the Polar readings corresponded really well to what happened to my weight. (Sadly, something about my body also kills digital devices. I make the digital display disappear over time. The Polar lasted longer than any other digital watch I've ever had, but after three years there were too many missing segments to be able to read it anymore, and I can't afford to replace it.)

It is expensive to get a device that tracks both heart rate/calories and distance. However, if you don't mind having to track two places, you can get an inexpensive heart rate monitor AND a pedometer for a fraction of the price of a Polar or Garmin that does both. And if you have an iPod, you can get a distance-tracking Nike thingy for $20. (I hate the Nike tracking site, though.) If you happen to have an iPod Nano, you don't need the thingy; there's a fitness/distance-tracker deal built in.

If you have to choose between distance tracking and heart rate tracking, the HUGE advantage of a HRM is that it will calculate calorie burn for ANY activity-- you can use it for Zumba or swimming (if it's waterproof) or rock climbing. A pedometer-based device or satellite distance tracker won't give you a reading for anything that doesn't involve significant forward motion.

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6/22/13 12:05 P

i havent tried any...but want too !!

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6/22/13 11:59 A

If you have an use a smart phone when working out, there are chest straps that can work with the apps. Polar has a few and zepher also has one. Just make sure you get one that is compatible with your phone. Some are specific to iphones and other to android. I have not tried one, but have been looking at them.

I do have a polar F4 HRM with a chest strap. Been using that for years. Was looking in to the others since my chest strap just died.

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6/22/13 11:38 A

I was looking for one that did just that before Christmas and I did not find one that tracked steps. This was why I got the Garmin.
The GPS does track pace and displays the average. you can download the s/ware or as I do upload the data to the site. So far that has been free.

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6/22/13 9:08 A

I have been thinking of purchasing one & have been looking at them. Right now I wear my pedometer that tracks steps, calories, & miles. I want heart monitor that tracks the same things as my pedometer, so far haven't found it in any if the stores.

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6/22/13 5:01 A

I occasionally use mine

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6/22/13 4:09 A

I use the Garmin Forerunner110

It has GPS and data storage, online s/ware. I have had it 6 months. The only drawback is the the battery only lasts 7 to 8 hours when in full exercise mode. So turning it off when not exercising is a must.

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6/21/13 12:58 P

You can always check with REI or someplace like that. I don't know any name brands.

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6/21/13 11:56 A

Actually, the wrist ones are not better. They only measure your heart rate when you put the finger of the other hand on the sensors on your wrist. You have to basically stop your workout, measure a few seconds, and then go on, and do that several times during your workout. Then it averages those readings and multiplies them by the total time you worked.

The ones with a chest strap actually measure your heartbeat the whole time you're working out. If you slow down, they'll measure that. If you spend most of the time working harder than you can work while holding hands with yourself, they'll measure that. People who say the wrist ones are better usually haven't tried the other kind and they think the strap will be uncomfortable. For men, it can take some getting used to. For women, it's no different from wearing a bra.

Polar is the best-recognized brand, but there are others. If you go to the Fitness and Exercise forum and page down a little, you'll find dozens of threads talking about HRMs.

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6/20/13 9:31 P

I want a basic heart monitor for walking .I have heard the wrist one's were better plus I need to know the brand.

Edited by: JUDYAMK at: 6/21/2013 (08:24)

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