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Polar Heart Rate Monitor and Foot Pod

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

My husband got me a Polar 3 piece set. He had a Garmin and a long time ago I tried on the chest strap and hated it because it was so plasticky. When I started wondering if my heart rate was as good as the monitors I used after exercising made it look like it was, he looked at reviews on line. He sold his Garmin, which he didn't use any more and got the Polar. I find it absolutely fascinating and illuminating.

Yes, my heart rate is ridiculously high. I was diagnosed with tachycardia as a child, so I should not have been surprised, but my resting pulse has come down nicely since I began exercising daily. I now have a low 80s resting pulse. We take it every day in CNA class and I am feeling quite proud of myself (!) for having improved so much. But with the Polar on, I notice as soon as I even start ambling, not even walking at a normal pace, my pulse is over 105... and at a slow walk (25 minute mile), its over 110. Within 5 minutes of beginning a run, I'm over 160. It's no wonder I feel so hot.

This knowledge has given me more power. Is my high heart rate coupled with difficulty breathing? Well, then I'd better walk! How fast am I going, anyway? I can check the watch for that and notice how I feel in comparison to how fast I go. I have noticed that if I walk until I come down to 140 and then run again, I feel ok.

I tend to just just run out the door, spur of the moment, and it's clear if I want to improve, I can't keep doing that. I have resolved to to drink at least 8 ounces of water before I leave the house, to bring water with me, to wear an "ice bandana" and to watch my watch.

I actually don't doubt that I can improve my exercise heart rate, just like I have improved my resting heart rate and have lessened my dependency on inhalers... I will just have to be patient.

This morning I did not go out long because I needed to be close to Mom, whose dog just died.
My stats:
Max heart rate: 172, Avg 154
17 minute run
Max pace: 8:13 (I assume most was run at this pace since I walked 4 blocks), Avg pace: 12:42
Mile: 1.34

Update: I wore my Polar all day. My HR also climbs up to 160 on a SINGLE flight of stairs. I have a ways to go!

Mom was busy while I was gone, pulling Charlie's toys out from under furniture and stacking them up in the spare bedroom to donate to my dogs and to the dog of a hospice patient I see every weekend. She's already received flowers and half a dozen phone calls. Word spreads fast in her neighborhood. At least she wasn't alone when I went to school today.
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    I'm sorry about your Mom's dog. I know it's like losing a good friend.

    I wore a Polar HRM for years mainly because of my age. I've had 2 different models, but really don't like those chest straps. I also got a MIO which is only a wrist band. You have to depress 2 buttons to get a reading and that's hard to do when running. So I used that mostly on walks, stairs and just around whenever I wanted to check how circumstances affected me.

    They are invaluable tools especially if you have a medical condition.
    Then I realized how my mind affected my HR. I tend to be an anxious person. Once at the starting line of a race my HR was 150. I was standing still. It went down after I actually started running.

    So I gave away the Polars and now just check my HR every mile. I usually walk for a minute anyway, so I can even check manually. For me I think watching the HR rise bit by bit caused it to go up more than if I didn't know.

    DH suggested that I just "not look at it" unless I felt bad, but I'm too OCD for that.

    Good luck with your device, It does provide valuable information.
    2106 days ago
    I'm so sorry about your mom's dog. I dread the day we have to go through that with Boudreaux - makes me want to go hug him close. Good job with the HRM - knowledge is power!! emoticon
    2106 days ago
    I hope that you get a lot of information that can help you to tweak your program to make it perfect.

    I am so sorry about your mother's dog who must have been your sibling to some degree.
    2106 days ago
    Sorry to hear about your Mom's dog. My condolences.

    You be careful, Girl. Weren't you working with a trainer before?
    2107 days ago
    way to go
    2107 days ago
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