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Thanks!!! I can pick it up a little
I bought a fitbit2 over Thanksgiving but have yet to use it. I have been debating if I really need it. I can use my phone to tracker the miles I walk outdoors so it's only for heart rate and calories. I'm hesitant to track calories burned with a HRM again because then the workouts I enjoy become nothing but a means to an end. And tracking heart rate wasn't good for me in the past because some days I just tire more easily than others but my polar HRMs in past never took that into account. I want exercise to be natural and something I look forward to doing. If I'm using the FitBit2 then it's mostly or only a means to my weight loss goals. I want my health, happiness, and lifestyle to improve greatly with weight loss being the wonderful benefit of living healthfully. Thank you for this information!
This was a good reminder when I am working out
Great article, Thanks!
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This is an interesting article. Thanks so much!!
Subce I have shortness of breath after a few yards of plain walking, not a good test of intensity!
Thanks for sharing.
This is a yes and no for me. There are brief periods during my HIIT cardio I can't talk at all. I do wear a heart rate monitor so that I don't go over 95% of my mhr. These periods are only 60 to 90 seconds where I really push it, challenging yourself is how you get fitter. Since starting HIIT 3x a week my resting heart rate has dropped 20 points, my blood pressure is also in it's low normal range. My Doctor is happy.
The "Talk Test" is good for me since I am on a beta blocker which slows down my heart rate.
This never made sense to me. I can "talk comfortably" when I'm strolling at 1 mile per hour and I'm not getting any kind of intensity at that point. Shoot, I can talk comfortably standing still! I agree, learn how to take your pulse or get a heart monitor or both.
I learned how to keep up with my heart rate while I was in middle school but I believe the "Talk Test" will be easier for me to do with two toddlers in the house. I want to be able to work-out without worrying about over working my body. My children takes so much of my energy that it is hard for me to do all the exercises in the time I was allowing myself.
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