My thoughts on HRM's...

Sunday, April 28, 2013

I finally caved and bought a Polar FT4 heart rate monitor. I mainly wanted to use it for my bike rides that I take to see how many calories I burn, and also for strength training, but thought it would be interesting to compare it to the machine read outs at the gym. WOW...the machines are so far off its unbelievable! Not sure how they calculate those numbers, but I am SOOOO glad I finally bought a HRM to get a pretty accurate reading! The calories burned on the machine vs. the HRM were anywhere from about 50-150 calories off depending on the machine (example- 20 mins on the elliptical- machine said 200 calories, HRM said 280. ) I highly recommend investing in one if you want a more accurate read out.
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    I never gave an HRM much thought until now. Thanks!
    1786 days ago
  • HILLSLUG98239
    I used a HRM for years. The battery died int he wrist monitor over year ago, and I haven't replaced it. I'm fixing to finally replace it, though.

    One interesting thing I learned: when I'm riding into the wind, I find it difficult to keep my heart rate up. I feel like I'm working hard, but it's more mental than physical. It's a nice way to get feedback about how accurate your perceived exertion rate is. (There are times I feel like I'm dying, but my heart rate isn't as high as I'd guess.
    1790 days ago
    Thanks for the info, at least the machine isn't reading higher right?? emoticon
    1791 days ago
  • AUNTB63
    Thanks for the info. I was thinking about getting a HRM. Now I won't think about it, I will get one. Have a great Sunday.
    1791 days ago
    Good to know, thanks for sharing.
    Debbie (*leader of Journey to a new You and Ohio the beautiful teams)
    1791 days ago
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