To answer your question, my Garmin Forerunner10 does not measure heart rate, so there is no chest strap. I have a Polar heart rate monitor - I'm thinking it's a F4 model. It has a chest strap. It does not give pace, distance, elevation, weather, and all that other stuff the Garmin does. It may be the way my body is made, but the heart rate monitor has never worked right. Sometimes it says my heart rate is 220, which isn't possible. I'm sure a functioning heart rate monitor would give you a more accurate calorie burn than this Garmin. The Garmin didn't even have me enter my weight, age, and height so I'm thinking it's a very rough estimate of calories. You may also want to compare the Body Bug and FitBit and Weight Watchers' Active Link (that one would only be good if you count PointsPlus) to get the features you are looking for. 1197 days ago
I do take lots of precautions with weather like this. I wear several layers (I had about four layers on my torso today) and some special gear meant for freezing temperatures. I also make sure my skin isn't exposed (I had severe frostbite as a toddler, so I'm careful not to repeat that experience). Finally, my running route has several bail out points, so if it's just too much, I can almost always take the short route back.
It's even better when I'm out with my running group, because you get a bit of a wind break (I'm short) and there's a bit more body heat.
Still, it's definitely not something you want to do if you're not prepared and don't have the right equipment! 1245 days ago
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