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CYBRARYCARD Posts: 320
5/18/12 3:34 P

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hey,

just joined SP and just got a heart rate monitor--Polar. Supposed to be waterproof but until I lose enough weight to feel comfortable being seen in a bathing suit I won't try to find out for sure :) I do like that the calories it counts are specific to my age and weight and that it holds 10 workouts so I can record the information later. There are more advanced versions that have the ability to record distance, have gps on them, etc, and download onto the Polar site but I didn't get any of those.

I have heard of few other gadgets that are interesting--one called fitbit-- www.fitbit.com/ and the gruve stores.homestead.com/Gruve/StoreFron
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that, when worn, track one's full activity all day.

Also, if you like exercising outside on roads, trails, or when swimming you might want a roadID www.roadid.com/ They have an interactive version where it shows a web address that can access a person's ERP or Emergency Response Profile that can be updated regularly with more specific information for medical teams without buying a new id every time you or your emergency contacts change phone numbers.

Forgot to mention--The fitbit isn't waterproof so is only good for regular activity outside of that. I don't know whether the gruve is waterproof or not. The RoadID is just a durable band with contact info in case you find yourself hurt in a place where no one knows who you are--like a road, trail, lake, pool, etc.

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JISONSHIN's Photo JISONSHIN Posts: 334
9/28/10 1:27 A

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I'm not sure if it's water proof, but my die-to-have fitness gadget is the BodyBugg like they use on the biggest loser (pink of course). They just dropped in price and I'm drooling even more over it! My IPod Touch is awesome to keep me on track while I'm out and about, but it's a pain to try to verify my calories burned and sucks going by a wide range of "estimates" (SP and my elliptical have about a 300 calorie diffence most days).

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4/21/08 10:18 P

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I love water aerobics too... but ended up opting for a cheaper model, that wouldn't exactly be waterproof...

Besides, it's sitting on the floor in the back of my car at this moment. LOL Along with the handy BP wrist cuff (latest gadget purchase), but I do use it there, so ...

I remember seeing several that stated they were waterproof, and gave the specs... Best of luck in your search, and maybe someday I'll be following suit & 'upgrading'...

Just call me Prin (easier on your fingers!) (unless you were counting that as exercise!!!)


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I may soon be able to spend a very nice little amount of money on a fitness gadget for myself. I am thinking a heart rate monitor would really help me track and measure the amount of calories I burn on exercising. I love playing in the water, so if I am going to buy a heart rate monitor, it is absolutely vital that it can withstand an hour of water aerobics, preferably longer. I need to have margins.

Since everyone knows that geeks and nerds are the true gadget experts in any field, I thought I'd check with this team if anyone has a heart rate monitor that they are very happy (or unhappy) with. Why? Has it helped you achieving weight loss goals? Was it a worthwhile investment?

I eagerly await your input. :-)

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