I have the Polar F6 too, and I love it!!! I agree, I forget sometimes when going between start and stops of different exercises, so it is best for me to pre-plan before starting exercise. I have gotten the software at the site to work, but to download my workouts, I have to reset my microphone each time,... then it takes the data. The site is nice for seeing progress, but using SparkPeople to record fitness is good too.
The thing I like about the HR Monitor is that there is a range to be in to burn the most fat. This shows that it is a good steady workout, that can go on and on. I used to think walking the dog was useless, but the HR Monitor confirms, for now, that it is a 45% fat burn. This is way better than doing the elliptical and getting a 25% fat. I found that it all comes down to consistancy, mine! I like trying to keep my HR in the middle to high end of the rating (114 to 155). It is motivating. I have to wear the chest strap right around the bra strap placement, so wear it under the bra (layered like). Now it registers all the time.
The Wii My Fitness Coach gave me a good workout, at about a 45% fat burn. It was hard to keep up with some of the moves.
I thought I would put my input for the bodybugg as some are wondering about it, I have had it for a week now and here is my take on it, along with the Polar F6 (which I have no issues with)
BodyBugg This I have found is only good if you want to actually find out how many calories you burn sitting or doing everyday stuff. The issue I have with this is when I wear the Bodybugg and the HRM (yes you can wear both without interference) the calories burned is totally different from each one. The HRM states I burn more than the Bodybugg. The website that comes with the Bodybugg is useful in helping you stay within the calories you need to take in and burn off. As for the arm straps it comes with 2 different sizes one medium and one large. I do not find it bulky or anything as the previous posts states.
The PolarF6 This HRM is great; there is a feature that uses your own best low and high heart rate for you! The only problem I have with this thing is that I can not get it to communicate with the program you can download with the site. I also have issues when I stop exercising and I stop the clock I keep forgetting to turn it back on. If you donít stop it when you stop exercising and you have the alarm set it will keep beeping at you (yes you can turn the alarm off) but I want the calories burned to be just from exercising not from stopping and changing what workout I am going to be doing.
As for the chest strap, its not uncomfortable or anything, but I donít think it will fit a really big person. I donít think you need a sports bra to wear it, a regular bra will work (donít recommend working out with a regular bra though).
any questions about any of them, you can send me mail and I will answer best I can. I don't have a favorite with these. I only got the Bodybugg because I was excersing 6 days a week between 30 - 60 minutes a day and keeping my caloires down and wasn't losing weight. Come to find out my metabolizim is really low, I only burn 1 calorie a minute sleeping and 1.2 awake, which is NOT a lot so I have to exercise a lot more for now. This is where the bodybugg came in handy.
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