I have used a Polar heart rate monitor for many years. I work out with a trainer & we use it to judge whether am I am working hard enough based on my heart rate. At the end of the workout it calculates a total calorie amount that I feel is more accurate than the tracker especially when you do strength training or intervals which are a bit subjective. For that reason I would say yes - get a HRM. One level up from the most basic is about as fancy as you need.
I also wear a Bodybugg monitor which tracks calories burned 24 hrs a day. They are moving to body media & there are now other brands like fitbit. This has also been helpful to me to see if I am moving any in the day - .depending on what I did I can swing 200-500 calories. The Bodybugg usually shows less calories for my exercise than the HRM but I tend to trust it more. It's more expensive plus usually requires monthly membership to download the data & there is also a food tracking component.
My advice, start with the HRM & use SparkPeople to track food. The HRM will not only be more accurate on total exercise calories but will also help you exercise in your target heart range so that you are working at the level you need to be to lose the most weight in a healthy manner.
The tracker will tell you how many calories you have burned (at least theoretically - since each of our bodies and our metabolisms, and weights, and the intensity of our workouts, and the exact time, and our heart rates, and yada yada yada ALL affect the REAL number of calories we burn). When you enter your exercise it lists how many calories you have burned. On the fitness page, you can also get a calories burned report that will show you how many you burned for a month - you can set the dates to show whatever period of time you like though.
With love and caring from Nancy ... wishing all of you a wonderful, blessed, and precious day.
I think the tracker on fitness may tell you how many calories you have burned. I do not know of any mechanical equipment that measures calories burnt. I know the machines are not usually accurate. Yes, I think your heart should be up for 30 minutes a day. Best wishes, Linda from bean town
Hi team, I'm interested in tracking how many calories I burn during exercise, which is typically a kickboxing class or fitness dvd at home. Are heart rate monitors accurate? Worth the investment? Do they encourage you to work harder?
I'd love recommendations on brands and if they seem to be worthwhile.
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