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10/31/11 12:54 A

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I prefer the solid plastic chest straps to the cloth ones with the removable monitor, so I can only speak about those.

I rinse the whole strap under warm water after each use. Periodically I have to tighten the elastic band because I might get smaller and/or the elastic stretches. I like to have it pretty tight, because in some positions on the spin bike my rib cage pushes the monitor away and drops the signal every once in a while.

Also, when I put it on, I have to moisten the pad locations on the strap - if I don't, sometimes there isn't enough contact and it registers no beat.

Another problem with the Polar system is that if you're in an exercise class and someone next to you is also wearing a monitor, there can be cross-talk between them. The problem is minimized somewhat by wearing one of the "coded" chest straps, but in order to make it work you have to set the wrist unit to start collecting data before you get into crosstalk proximity.

That might mean starting your wrist unit before you actually walk into the spin class, for example.

Edited by: 4A-HEALTHY-BMI at: 10/31/2011 (00:55)
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10/30/11 1:13 P

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fishpond, glad you mentioned the washing off. It does say in the manual to wash off the belt after at least every 5 uses. I just rinse mine in warm water after every use just in case.
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10/30/11 12:13 P

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Slender--Re the Polar HRM, my dh and I have found that often you have to wash the "contacts" to get any salt (from sweat) out of it. Otherwise it won't measure properly.
Re. things to measure, I get the same info as 4AHealthyBMI.

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10/30/11 12:02 P

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Slenderella,
I have a Polar F4 and so far it has worked fine for me. I do hold the whole chest strap, or at least the fabric that has the metal threads in it, minus the monitor itself which snaps off, under water before I use it. I have also read online that if you replace your own batteries but don't replace the rubber seals that you can order from Polar it often won't work afterwards, probably because it's not waterproof anymore but not sure. Hope you can get yours to work.
I found if I measure by hand I have to add about 10 bpm to make it the same as my heart rate monitor.
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10/30/11 9:28 A

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I'm interested in anything that will keep me motivated to get my exercise in! Looking forward to this.

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What you do to the world, you do to yourself.
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10/30/11 8:09 A

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I do like the idea of this challenge. Thanks for proposing it.

My own experience with my Polar FT4 heart rate monitor is that it doesn't work for me. It will go up to 220 bpm and I have been assured I'm not really beating at that rate. Seems like I'm at 180 bpm with only a little exertion. I've been told by the store personnel where I bought it that I'm not keeping the electrodes wet enough. I've tried. Can't get them to stay wet enough. I use perceived rate of exertion.

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10/29/11 12:14 P

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As far as which heart rate to shoot far everyone could determine this on their own. I'm trying a heart rate cap for the first time. I can't speak to whether this makes weight loss go faster or slower. Being middle-aged I decided on the method because it seemed the one that has the best chance of avoiding injuries and it helps me (by a reduction in performance) to become aware of overtraining/stress before any major damage is done. At the same time it should help me dramatically increase speed in my running over a number of months. I'll know in a couple of months if it works.
We can take a number of days to talk about this more, please feel free to add any insights or ideas. I was thinking to start some time early in November.
Birgit

Edited by: HOUNDLOVER1 at: 10/29/2011 (12:15)
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10/29/11 12:06 P

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Great, looks like we have enough people to do this and others will probably join.
Kim, I see your point. This one is not going to be as cut and dry to determine the winner. I think the answer would be to expect that judging completely objectively isn't the goal here. It would be to compare each person to the goal they set for themselves so we'd have to set a goal that's reasonable and healthy given our current situation. This doesn't make it as objective as something that can be measured. On the other hand anyone who does participates wins in a big way anyhow emoticon
If we take a little time each week to share our progress and support each other in our successes and failures we'll be able to get to know each other better and make some friends and that could be a big reward. emoticon


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10/29/11 10:12 A

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I don't have a HR monitor but have done some exercising checking pulse this way, so this is doable, and I seem to always need to be "in a challenge" to exercise, so I'm for it.

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10/29/11 7:28 A

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I like the idea

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10/29/11 6:29 A

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Hmm, I like the idea of a cardio challenge. I am struggling with getting my workouts in since my school/teaching schedule has gone completely crazy and I feel like I am falling so far behind! I am only consistent with my yoga class on Mon/Fri mornings before school.

I'm not sure about how we would determine who put in the most effort, though. There are so many factors involved (health, other responsibilities, lifestyle, current level of fitness, etc) that would be reflected in the effort put in. While for some, doing 2 hr workouts daily wouldn't be a huge effort (myself a couple of years ago, when I was unemployed and had just graduated college, and lost my weight), for others it may be difficult to get in even 30 minutes every day or every other day (myself now, working as a 2nd year teacher, attending grad school, raising 5 kids, and with an injury to my heel).

I haven't tried to maintain my heartrate at one level during exercise for a while, because I have researched and found that intervals helped me lose weight more quickly and more efficiently. I aim for a top rate below 175 and try to still stay above 130. The formula below would keep me at about 145-150, which might be my average hr using intervals.

If we set our own range, though, that shouldn't be as much of an issue.

Great idea! I would like to participate in a cardio challenge.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI's Photo 4A-HEALTHY-BMI Posts: 6,036
10/29/11 1:32 A

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Hmm. Interesting!

I use a HR monitor to log my exercise so the types of things I have records of are:

1) # of sessions
2) minutes spent exercising (per day, week, whatever)
3) average HR per session
4) max HR per session
5) estimated # calories burned per session / day / week etc.

So for me it would be easiest to log one or more of those types of data.

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10/29/11 12:54 A

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I've been thinking about starting a cardio challenge. My goal was to have a challenge

- where the winner is determined by who put in the most effort and consistency, not just who has the best results. Results depend on so many things that we only have partial control over.

- that improves health long-term, not just promotes weight loss

- that focuses on exercise to significantly improve the chance of successful weight maintenance by improving our body's ability to burn fat and balance hormones

- that encourages forming new habits that become enjoyable hobbies over time.

Here is how it could work:
Pick an activity that increases your pulse significantly and allows you to roughly maintain a predetermined heart rate for a certain amount of time. The formula I will be using follows the Maffetone method of endurance training which is 180 - age, but you can use whatever target heart rate you want as long as it is low enough to where you can still talk. You can either use a heart rate monitor or measure your pulse by hand from time to time during and after your workout.
The activity is up to your choice. Examples are walking, biking, swimming, running, rowing, dancing, anything that you enjoy. You can decide for how long and how often you want to do your cardio exercise (suggested is at least 3 times/week) but once you have decided you should try to do it at least that often for the length of the challenge. Everybody reports once a week in a thread that will be designated for that purpose. At the same time another thread can serve the purpose to encourage each other and share our progress.
Suggested length of the challenge is 8 weeks. The winner could be determined by popular vote of who showed the most commitment, improvement, etc.
These are just some ideas. I'm open to suggestions from anyone who thinks they might be interested in participating. What do you think? emoticon

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