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Listen to Your Heart Rate Monitor

The Importance of this Training Tool


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I'm glad you drew the parallel of speedometer and HRM because there are many people who would question the accuracy of BOTH!
Most of the time, they are accurate enough. Report
I just received a PolarFt1 from Amazon and it's going back. Why? 1. The settings were screwed up. All I cared about was seeing my heart rate. 2. The colon is blinking with no way to turn it off. Naturally, this has already been using up battery. It's made in China and been using battery juice since it left the factory in China?

No thanks. Report
Great article. Need to get one. Report
I also had a polar HRM watch but i was not able to understand it , it was alt lease 2 yrs i had it and decide that i had to have somebody try to set it for me
I had to replace the bateries but the it got replace but he did not understand it either

Finely i had it set and it was not any good to me i still did not understand it , all i wanted
was to find out how much calories i was burning while i was doing exercise

Why do they make those watches so complicated it must be about 5 to 7 yrs ago
and i had pay 125$ at the time. would somebody would know of a watch that is simple
to set all i really want is how much calories i burn, while i do exercise Report
Informative. Excellent read. Thanks for sharing this HRM article Report
I also have the Polar ft4 ....I've had mine 4 years and replaced the battery for the first time this year !!! You can do it yourself (or take to jeweler) it takes regular watch battery so don't send it in. I would NEVER exercise without it ever !!! I don't need the laps, or extras tracked. I only need the time and calories burned but this allows me to be so accurate and helped me to lose weight !!

All my fitness is now tracked manually so I know exactly where I am. I've even worn mine all night to see calories burned throughout day and it was only 20 calories from what my dr. metobolic testing was !! Very accurate !! I have the front plastic and the back half elastic. Very comfy !!! Report
I have to jump on the Polar bandwagon as well. I use the Polar ft4. It is a wonderful, mid-priced HRM. I bought it based on ease of use - I really only want a HRM to monitor my heart rate and tell me how many calories I'm burning, so I didn't want to pay for extra bells and whistles that I wouldn't use. It cost about $90, the strap is comfortable and adjustable, and I bought my wrist monitor in a pretty pink color. It is not so bulky that you can't also use it as your regular watch. You can program all your stats in there and change as you lose or gain weight so you always have an accurate read of how many calories you've burned, and it stores that data in there as well in case you move from doing cardio to lifting at the gym and want to record calories separately. You can also change the battery yourself on this model which is so convenient. It also seems to display my heart rate on the cardio machines at the gym too so I can keep the setting on my wrist monitor on calories burned to monitor both simultaneously. I would definitely recommend this monitor to anyone. Report
I got an Omron HR-100C for Christmas. What can I say, cheap, works well, and has user replaceable batteries. The last HRM I owned was twice as expensive and needed the chest strap back to the company for battery replacement! Only time will tell if the unit is durable though. Report
the comment is helpful but i would like to hear more about the actual monitors themselves. i did get a little bit of help from the comments also though! Report
I can't wear a heartrate monitor. I purchased one after reaching a goal and just loved it. I thought it would be a great motivational tool to keep me exercising in the right direction. But after about 1 month the thing died. I figured it was just the battery since I drain watch batteries on a regular basis. But no I totally fried it, I put in a new battery and still no power. So I just keep doing what I'm doing and push forward without that gauge as a reference. Report
I just bought m first HRM (SIGMA - I'm not sure if this one is available in the States) and checked it right away at my Zumba class. I was surprised how many calories I burned! Wow! The HRM helped me to monitor my pulse which went way to high at some point. I knew when I needed to slow down. I think I will be using it during all my workouts. Report
great article. fyi REI has a spread sheet of features of the models they sell. it helped me purchase mine. Report
Hi, like Ladybug-Dr I would very much like to see an article comparing the different models out there from low to high end to help in finding just the right HRM for me. I would like to add this to my "rewards" list to help me benefit more from my workouts.
I have no knowledge what so ever about HRM and this article gave me an good basic overview.
Please let me know more about HRM so I can make a great decision without a lot of trial and errors and extra cost. Report
Right now, I am trying to decided which one to get. Hopefully, I will find one I would like to use. Report

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