Monday, June 25, 2012
Have you ever noticed how some people in the gym are constantly checking their heart rate monitor watch for data about their exercise routines but never seem to have to fiddle around with the monitoring chest strap that goes hand in hand with them? Well there is a secret. There is no chest strap! Strapless HRMs are not only getting more and more accurate, they are getting more and more popular.
Depending on your needs, the best strapless heart rate monitor watch for you may be one that contains a pedometer, GPS or just straightforward cardiac monitoring.
The MIO company is in fact the creator of the world’s first strapless heart rate monitor sports watch and was the brainchild of a mother of three who was simply trying to get back in shape after pregnancy!
As well as standard HRM functions, the MIO Motion FIT for example features a built in pedometer that has three sensitivity settings and is good for measuring upto 1 million paces covering upto 999KM at speeds of upto 36km/h.
The 'ePulse2' from Impact Sports Technologies is easy to use and convenient. It uses state of the art technology to accurately read your pulse and therefore heart rate from the forearm whilst you exercise. It is lightweight, stylish and incorporates a customizable full color OLED (O for organic) display. In case you don't like punching in data , it requires no programming to immediately display heart rate. Inputting simple personal data will also allow it to calculate calories burned and target exercise zones.
Other great choices include the Bowflex 'Fit Trainer', the Omron 'HR-210' and the 'SOLO' range of strapless heart rate monitor watches from Sportline.
In particular, women seem very sensitive to chest straps and many won't use heart rate monitors due to this physical requirement. One great alternative however are sports bras that have the chest strap integrated into them. In this case women can kill two birds with one stone enjoying the benefits of chest support and continuous heart rate monitoring in one device! straplessheartratemonito