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Polar Heart Rate Monitor and Foot Pod


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

My husband got me a Polar 3 piece set. He had a Garmin and a long time ago I tried on the chest strap and hated it because it was so plasticky. When I started wondering if my heart rate was as good as the monitors I used after exercising made it look like it was, he looked at reviews on line. He sold his Garmin, which he didn't use any more and got the Polar. I find it absolutely fascinating and illuminating.

Yes, my heart rate is ridiculously high. I was diagnosed with tachycardia as a child, so I should not have been surprised, but my resting pulse has come down nicely since I began exercising daily. I now have a low 80s resting pulse. We take it every day in CNA class and I am feeling quite proud of myself (!) for having improved so much. But with the Polar on, I notice as soon as I even start ambling, not even walking at a normal pace, my pulse is over 105... and at a slow walk (25 minute mile), its over 110. Within 5 minutes of beginning a run, I'm over 160. It's no wonder I feel so hot.

This knowledge has given me more power. Is my high heart rate coupled with difficulty breathing? Well, then I'd better walk! How fast am I going, anyway? I can check the watch for that and notice how I feel in comparison to how fast I go. I have noticed that if I walk until I come down to 140 and then run again, I feel ok.

I tend to just just run out the door, spur of the moment, and it's clear if I want to improve, I can't keep doing that. I have resolved to to drink at least 8 ounces of water before I leave the house, to bring water with me, to wear an "ice bandana" and to watch my watch.

I actually don't doubt that I can improve my exercise heart rate, just like I have improved my resting heart rate and have lessened my dependency on inhalers... I will just have to be patient.

This morning I did not go out long because I needed to be close to Mom, whose dog just died.
My stats:
Max heart rate: 172, Avg 154
17 minute run
Max pace: 8:13 (I assume most was run at this pace since I walked 4 blocks), Avg pace: 12:42
Mile: 1.34

Update: I wore my Polar all day. My HR also climbs up to 160 on a SINGLE flight of stairs. I have a ways to go!

Mom was busy while I was gone, pulling Charlie's toys out from under furniture and stacking them up in the spare bedroom to donate to my dogs and to the dog of a hospice patient I see every weekend. She's already received flowers and half a dozen phone calls. Word spreads fast in her neighborhood. At least she wasn't alone when I went to school today.
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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/18/2013 12:28PM

    I'm sorry about your Mom's dog. I know it's like losing a good friend.

I wore a Polar HRM for years mainly because of my age. I've had 2 different models, but really don't like those chest straps. I also got a MIO which is only a wrist band. You have to depress 2 buttons to get a reading and that's hard to do when running. So I used that mostly on walks, stairs and just around whenever I wanted to check how circumstances affected me.

They are invaluable tools especially if you have a medical condition.
Then I realized how my mind affected my HR. I tend to be an anxious person. Once at the starting line of a race my HR was 150. I was standing still. It went down after I actually started running.

So I gave away the Polars and now just check my HR every mile. I usually walk for a minute anyway, so I can even check manually. For me I think watching the HR rise bit by bit caused it to go up more than if I didn't know.

DH suggested that I just "not look at it" unless I felt bad, but I'm too OCD for that.

Good luck with your device, It does provide valuable information.

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AMARILYNH 7/17/2013 7:11PM

    I'm so sorry about your mom's dog. I dread the day we have to go through that with Boudreaux - makes me want to go hug him close. Good job with the HRM - knowledge is power!! emoticon

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 7/17/2013 6:48PM

    I hope that you get a lot of information that can help you to tweak your program to make it perfect.

I am so sorry about your mother's dog who must have been your sibling to some degree.

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FELINEBETTER 7/17/2013 3:22PM

    Sorry to hear about your Mom's dog. My condolences.

You be careful, Girl. Weren't you working with a trainer before?

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PEGGYO 7/17/2013 2:06PM

    way to go

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