Gaye's right - I've used a BodyBugg, and now a FitBit. I also have a Garmin. I have not use a heart rate monitor, even though my Garmin 305 comes with a HR strap.
I don't pay any attention to the calorie count on a machine. Even though I set up own treadmill initially, I've never gone back in and changed my info, so I know there's no way it's accurate.
The general rule of thumb is that one mile burns around 100 calories - it will be more or less depending on effort, body comp, etc. I don't know if this helps or not. I'm sorry I don't have more experience with HR monitors. C~
Chuck, I wouldn't trust any of the monitors on machines. Sadly I don't have much other info to share. Candy used a bodybug and with some research found it was pretty reliable. She just switched to a Fitbit. I've heard lots of good things about Fitbit and will probably get one when the $$$$ roll in. Check with Candy, and Robin might have some info also.
~Gaye BLC 23 and 24 Sunset Stingray BLC 17thru 21 Rockin Rose Ranger
If anyone wears a monitor I would like to know your experiences. I wear a heart-rate & calorie burn monitor when I workout. The brand is The Sharper Image with a chest strap. I use it mainly for my cardio workouts; bicycle, C25K training, treadmill and rowing machine. The heart-rate (HR) monitor is very close as the treadmill or recumbent bike readings, but where the huge difference is the calories burned readings. For example: During my last treadmill workout, C25K training W1D2, my monitor shows I burned 1007 calories in 61 min. where the treadmill shows I burned only 295 calories. That is a difference of 712 calories! I realize, at my age and out-of-shape condition, I am pushing my HR higher than I should causing my system to work harder. I also realize the treadmill does not realize my body condition and can only consider my HR and take an average. The 1st 10 min. my monitor and the machine calories burned are close, about 15 calories difference. My HR is generally around 145 bpm at recovery pace and spikes out at 175 bpm. (much higher than it should be at my age). My average is around 155 bpm for the workout.
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