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Fun New Gadget

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!
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FITFORMYFAMILY 8/31/2012 11:37AM

    Hmmm... I was surprised that your HRM gave you higher numbers than the machines displayed. I thought they typically ran high. I'm not surprised that they're higher than SP, though. SP's numbers seem to always be lower than other ways that I've calculated calorie burn (machines, the FuelBand I had, my GPS watch...). What did you read about HRM's on Runner's World? (If you get a chance to answer, can you post it on my page? I never remember to come back and check blog comments.)

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CHICKPEA23 8/29/2012 8:16AM

    It's a Polar FT4 - seemed legit based on the online reviews I read... though after reading more about HR monitors on runnersworld.com last night, I must admit the wind has been taken out of my sails a bit.
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CLWALDRO 8/29/2012 6:36AM

    I am glad you are enjoying your new HR monitor. Most fitness equipment is now equipped to display numbers from all of the HR monitors. I too have the question of who makes the HR monitor you are using.
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LEFTHANDLUKE 8/28/2012 10:34PM

    i don't understand gadgets either, like i have 2 different blood glucose meters,one day i armed them both,and used the same blood sample from my finger i pricked,and one read 105.....the other read 164....which one was correct ???/i have no idea,and neither do the manufacturers,as i called them both....go figure...is the glucose high, or in range,depends on the meter you are using....i think all this high tech stuff is just a scam to make you buy their junk...i'm still thinking about getting a pet rock....duhhhhh!! emoticon

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TBARBOUR0322 8/28/2012 10:20PM

    What brand is your heart rate monitor?

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