Tuesday, August 28, 2012
I got a new heart rate monitor, and it's been fun trying it out! When I went to the gym this morning, I couldn't believe the machines actually read and displayed my heart rate from the monitor. (I thought I was gonna have to keep looking at my wristwatch display.)
It definitely made a difference psychologically because I was able to keep myself from overdoing it and also knew when to push myself harder and not under-do it. It feels more like I am actually able to train my heart and not just push for a certain time or number of miles (not that those aren't still good goals).
The other thing that surprised me was that according to the heart rate monitor, I burned about 200 more calories than the number of calories SP or the machines displayed. Is that really right? I plan to do more research on all this, but if anyone knows about this stuff, feel free to fill me in!