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11/15/07 10:30 A

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The ones without a chest band require you to stop what you are doing and place your finger on the watch to take your heart rate. The ones with the bands are much more accurate and give a consant readout.

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8/17/07 3:59 P

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I'm going to be trying different workouts and bellydance activities and posting what I find out in a google spreadsheet, which I'll share with the group.

Of course, these will just be MY results, but you can compare the different options and see how bellydance really rates compared to stationery biking, walking, and Tae Bo or other aerobics dvds. :)

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8/17/07 2:23 P

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Thanks for the tip! I've been looking into heart rate monitors. I've heard the Polar ones are good. I also have been eyeing another one thats in the form of a watch...I forget what brand...

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8/17/07 2:15 P

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I have been wondering about the accuracy of the calories that Sparkpeople say you burn when belly dance. I thought it was too much for the amount of work that I felt I was doing. I think I am going to have to mix things up and do some more intense cardio and the belly dancing as a suppliment.

Thanks for the info!

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8/17/07 10:41 A

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Okay gang, I bought a heart rate monitor and I've been using it during all my workouts, and I've got to tell you, this was the best money I've spent so far on fitness equipment.

Spark has "estimated calorie burn" charts that tell you how many calories you burn (approximately) during different activities. Obviously these charts are a guideline (running burns more calories than walking) but that's about it -- a guideline.

With the heart rate monitor, you are able to monitor your heart rate consistently throughout your workout, and calculate calories burned in a more accurate way.

Some calorie charts list Bellydancing as burning 760 calories in one hour! NOT for me!! Try closer to 350-400, and that's bouncing and jumping around a lot!

If you're having trouble losing weight and you feel like you're eating within your recommendations, you might look at your cardio and make sure you're not over (or under-) estimating your calories burned. The best way to do this is with a heart rate monitor.

I bought the Polar F4 and I love it. It's a base model, so you can buy others with more bells and whistles, but this one suits me just fine!

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