I sooo want a heart rate monitor

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I'm kind of annoyed...I HATE how cardio equipment calorie read out is so inaccurate. I love seeing the big numbers, but I hate thinking...there's no way! the back of my mind. The elliptical...says I burn 330 in 30 min (which seems high to me) and SP says 241! That's almost a 100 cal difference!

On the other end of the scale...I used my Nike + while on the treadmill which told me I burned 421, SP told me I burned about 268 and the treadmill said somewhere in the 200s (darn, I forget!) So actually in this case it appears my Nike + is inaccurate, but then's not meant for treadmill use...I just wanted to track my mileage online.

My point is this...I need a better way to know how much I am burning FOR REAL but w/ all of these devices, there is just too much variance in calories burned. I know what's gonna be on MY Christmas list.

Here are the pros/cons for the day:

+another hr at the gym = 4 day streak
+made it to the gym even WITHOUT work out buddy (I usually bail on myself/make excuses)..eating the bagel gave me more motivation to go burn it off!)
+I THINK I am starting to get grossed out by Crystal Light and liking plain water better than I used to (but still not drinking!) I usually hate water plain but the CL is just tasting too sweet, even w/ extra water in it. Maybe my tastebuds are adjusting to preferring less sweets....O GOD PLEASE!

-ate Panera bagel @ bfast...should've just had 1/2 but it was just TOO GOOD..perfect ex of why I am an "all or nothing" person...ugh!
-b/c of the damn bagel I was a few 100 out of range today bc I had a hard time making up for it bc I was too hungry from all the carbs :(
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    I Lurve my Polar F6.

    The price was right, I can upload data to the computer, I can download logos (there's a cute little dragon on it right now), and the strap works in the pool.

    I agree with KATYAMP1974 about estimates seeming to be higher than what the HR monitor calculates.
    3277 days ago
  • KAT978
    I just got myself a heart rate monitor as an early birthday gift to myself - a Polar F11 - and all I can say is that it is so worth it. When I first wore it on the treadmill, it was quite a rude awakening for me. The calorie burn on the treadmill said I burned almost 700 calories for an hour of running and my HRM said I only burned 500 which I found very disappointing. On the other hand, I always just assumed that I burn around 300 - 400 calories whenever I do circuit training (also 1 hour), and when I checked my HRM, I actually burned another 500!
    3288 days ago
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