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Friday, May 14, 2010

Ok... so I don't know if anyone else has addressed this before, but I'd like to know. I'm always trying to mix up my workouts to keep me active. But with variety, comes confusion. I did Zumba the other day and it was an awesome workout, but there was nowhere on the fitness tracker to accurately log my workout, so I logged it under fast dancing/salsa...or something like thata. Also when I'm swimming, I'm not doing freestyle or solely any one method of swimming. Mostly, I swim laps wearing my fins so that my legs get a good workout and then I'll do separate water exercises for my arms. So, when I go to log my workout, I have to improvise for that too.

So it got me thinking... I mean, exactly how hard am I working out? So, I keep hearing that heart rate monitors are really good. So I'm going to starting looking for a really good one that can be used for swimming as well as other exercises.

Can anyone recommend a good one??
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SWEETLIPS 5/18/2010 12:17PM

    Hi There,

I am newly active and I use the Polar with the chest band and wrist band as well. It syncs up well with my other equipment and it records well - that way you will always know. BTW, I got it because of a heart condition and it was medically recommended and I don't have any compliants

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PELESJEWEL 5/15/2010 7:12PM

    Hi - thanks so much your support and for commenting on my blog! I'm glad someone else out there can relate!! When I first started Zumba a couple of months ago, I was excited to track the calories I burned while shaking my groove thang (so much fun, right?). Like you, I used the same category Dancing/Fast/Ballet/Twist, which gives you credit for 570 cals burned and I was thrilled until I bought a heart rate monitor and clocked it for myself. Exercising in my target zone for my height/weight, I burn 470, 100 less (everyone is different based on starting weight,etc). The brand I bought is POLAR. Bought it on sale for about $100. I love it and highly recommend getting one for your journey. For me the HRM has helped "remove the excuses" of exercise that come up, as in...oh I can't run that fast, and oh I can't exercise that long...because I now know my target heart rate zone and I work within or slightly above that range to get the most out of my work out. I think anyone that has a lot of weight to lose (including present company) will especially benefit from a HRM simply because the journey is long, each workout needs to count towards your weight loss...I think the only way it can is if you actually know how much you burn, so you then no how much calories to eat or bank. At least that's where my head is at this week.... emoticon

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DIXIECHIC60 5/15/2010 7:28AM

    You are doing such a great job. Keep me updated if you find out how to track the calories. Unless I'm on my treadmill I don't track them because I don't know where to find them on SP yet. You can help me too! Keep up the good work, you motivate me!!!

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DIXIECHIC60 5/15/2010 7:28AM

    You are doing such a great job. Keep me updated if you find out how to track the calories. Unless I'm on my treadmill I don't track them because I don't know where to find them on SP yet. You can help me too! Keep up the good work, you motivate me!!!

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