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5/17/12 3:05 P

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Great info everyone. Thanks!!! Been tossing this around in my head as well.

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KERRNEL's Photo KERRNEL SparkPoints: (4,855)
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5/17/12 2:17 P

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If you're looking to spend $200, then for another $40 or so you can get the Garmin FR210 with HRM. It's a GPS watch. Love this thing, and it's accurate. Not sure about the battery changes, but I just recently bought it so probably don't have to worry about that for a while.

Not sure how other HRMs measure up, but it has 5 zones that can alert you when your heart rate is in a particular range or at max.

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2BEABETTERME's Photo 2BEABETTERME Posts: 983
5/16/12 8:40 A

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Thanks for all the comments and great suggestions!

I ended up choosing a Polar FT60. I won't actually get to use it until sometime in June. I found a great deal on e-bay that I couldn't pass up. But, I have decided to use it as a combined reward for finishing a 100 day fitness streak, 20 pounds loss, 25 pounds loss and reaching the 120's on the scale.

I realize I don't need one, that I could use the talk test. But, if it keeps me motivated and moving that is all the better!

Thanks again!

2beabetterme, a.k.a. Martha
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"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing--that's why we recommend it daily." -- Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker

"You are successful the moment you start moving toward a worthwhile goal." --Charles Carlson


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5/16/12 8:21 A

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I have a Polar that I use if I'm inside on the treadmill, and a Garmin that I use if I'm running outside. The Garmin uses your distance, etc to track your calorie burn, so it doesn't work inside. I've had the Polar for probably 10 years and it still works great. Also, although I know you're not supposed to, I've changed the battery myself any time its needed it and it's been fine. The Polar tracks my time, calories, and heart rate. I don't remember how much I paid for it, but since it's been so long, I don't know that it's even relevant any more.

The Garmin is great; it tracks distance, calories, pace, time, heart rate, and probably several other things I can't think of. The biggest drawback to it is that the wrist part is really bulky. But I still love it. Plus I can connect it to my computer and it keeps track of all my routes, times, heart rates, etc on there, too. I think I paid around $135 for it last September, and I highly recommend it.

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5/14/12 2:34 P

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I have the Timex Ironman women's version. I bought it new off eBay from a dealer. It was much cheaper than elsewhere. I love it. It has the chest strap, which seems to be really important for accurate readings. My heart rate runs higher than normal, so it is nice to have a much more accurate reading of calories burned. I can also monitor it as I'm working out and the high and low heart rate levels. I'm guessing the battery would be an easy change, since it's a Timex. Haven't needed to yet. My sister has a Polar, and the watch part is huge! I like how mine looks like a normal watch. It is addicting, but also very motivating!

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SUSANNAH's Photo SUSANNAH Posts: 2,277
5/8/12 4:46 P

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I have a Polar. It lasted a few years before the battery died, but I haven't sent it in to get changed. I was pretty "addicted" to it for a while, but then I really started to question if the calorie burn was accurate. It just seemed SOOO high! There were a lot of posts here around a year ago saying it wasn't accurate. So, then after a while I just stopped using it. Like Nancy, I just go by feel.

The nice thing about a HRM is sometimes it helped encourage me to go harder...which helped eliminate platues. So, if you go HRM, go Polar!

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5/8/12 3:30 P

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I have the Polar FT60, and I love it. It tracks my calories burned, I can upload to the Polar website, and I can change the batteries myself! Best of all, it's less than $150!

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KRYSTALGEM85's Photo KRYSTALGEM85 SparkPoints: (9,469)
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5/8/12 2:40 P

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I think the main reason I wanted mine was to track my calories. I know when you input into sparks fitness plugin its only a guess so it is nice knowing how much I have actually burned.

You are beautiful. Everything about you, makes you a amazing treasured child of god. Don't let anyone make you feel like less.


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SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (158,833)
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5/8/12 10:59 A

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Hi Martha,

I love the Polar brand and I have never spent more than $200 for my HRM. I was also able to locate a service center in my town so I do not have to send it in. I have had one HRM for over 6 years and have had to change the battery once, but I very seldom use it anymore.

That being said, I seldom use my HRM and I do not use the HRM function for my Garmin...to me it is what it is. I run according to feel. If I begin huffing and puffing, I know I am going anaerobic and I need to pull down my speed.

Just my two cents!

Coach Nancy

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5/8/12 10:56 A

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My mom got me one from WalMart it works for now but would like something better. It tracks calories burned and heart rate but you have to check your heart rate alot to keep it consistent. There is a button to push to get heart rate but doesn't always fi d it right away. I want to see what ones others have o.

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2BEABETTERME's Photo 2BEABETTERME Posts: 983
5/8/12 10:33 A

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I am looking for a mid-price (preferably $150-200), easy to use, accurate heart rate monitor. I want one that shows calories burned as I work out and would prefer to be able to change my own battery. I hear Polar is good; but, unless you spend $300 you have to send it in for battery changes. Curious to know how often that has to be done. I'm afraid I am going to hate using one and then have spent a fortune on something I can't stand.

Not terribly concerned about GPS as I can track my route with my phone. I am also considering using the shoe pods to track stride and such. I have looked at Garmin (love the 305 but spendy), Polar, Suunto (way too spendy) and Timex (sort of cheap and you don't get live readings on calories burned).

I would love to have input from people, thanks!

2beabetterme, a.k.a. Martha
E-mail me at: 2beabetterme@gmail.com

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing--that's why we recommend it daily." -- Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker

"You are successful the moment you start moving toward a worthwhile goal." --Charles Carlson


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