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HR Discussion: DO you like your monitor?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Today I did 17 minutes on the elliptical and 15 minutes on the treadmill. It was the first time in over a year that I've used cardio equipment and the first time in possibly 2 years since I've used a HR monitor (from machine). It used to be when I was on the treadmill my HR would jump up into the 180s and stay there and I would feel my chest pounding. Today though I was in the 160s and I was breathing hard but I didn't feel like I was going to have a heart attack like before. I asked my gym instructor if this was a good thing or a not. She said, yes and no.

Yes, because it means I'm in better shape. No, because I'm not pushing myself. She said to subtract my age from 220 and that should be my Training HR Zone. If I apply that principle, I should be working out at 192 HR. Ouch.

It was a good discussion. It makes me really want ot get a HR monitor. We talked about different ones that would be good, but I'm still not sure which to get.

Do any of you have HR monitor that you love?

In other news, I'm about to go into a staff meeting. There is sure to be cake or some sort of chocolate deliciousness. My solution to this problem is to take a yogurt and a clementine to the meeting. That way I'll still be eating something, but I won't have to worry about the added fat calories and totally ruining all my hard work at the gym today.
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    I liked mine, but forgot which it was. I will get back to you on that one.
    1894 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/14/2012 12:30:20 PM
  • SUE5007
    I like my Polar. Got it on sale after's actually a men's HRM because it was cheaper than the women's version that was on sale. It's bigger and black instead of a cute color but I don't notice it once I get working out. It does several things, but doesn't have so many functions that I don't use them. It was expensive but I love knowing how many calories I burned, and it keeps track of them for a month so it makes logging them in Spark easier. It has a chest strap which felt weird for a minute or two but then I get used to it and don't feel it at all during my workout.
    1897 days ago
    My trainer says the HR monitors attached to machines are not terribly reliable. Great idea taking a healthy snack to the work meeting so you won't feel deprived. emoticon
    1897 days ago
    I'm thinking of getting an Elliptical machine in the new year, and I'm looking forward to it. Thanks for the information regarding the Training HR Zone, its good to know. Keep up the good work!!

    1897 days ago
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