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.