After Baby #2, I joined a gym and for the first time in my life, actually USED my membership. You guys KNOW what I am talking about. I invested some serious cash in hiring a personal trainer to teach me the proper form of strength training. I met with her once a week for 10 weeks (or however long, I can’t really remember).
During our sessions, she let me “borrow” a heart rate monitor. Prior to this, I didn’t even know heart rate monitors existed. I promptly fell in love with it and bought myself one. A Polar heart rate monitor.
That thing is awesome, even 3 years later and another baby added to the mix.
It tells me the time, my heart rate at any given time, how long I have been working out, my maximum heart rate, how long I am in my target heart rate zone, and my favorite, HOW MANY CALORIES I HAVE BURNED. I have gotten to the point where I know how many calories I need to burn in order to lose weight. I can tell by looking at my monitor when I need to kick it up a notch in order to get the best workout. I can also tell when I need to tone it down a notch.
I have become a tad obsessive about burning calories. Calories In ….. Calories Out.
Wearing a heart rate monitor has opened my eyes to the fact that the “heart rate monitors” on any given treadmill, ellipitical trainer, stairmaster, or bike machine does NOT accurately measure MY heart rate. How could it?
Why Train With a Heart Rate Monitor?
Getting the most out of your training doesn’t always mean working faster or harder. The best way to improving and seeing results is to train at the right intensity. With a Polar heart rate monitor, you can make sure you’re not over or under training, and make each session count. Use Polar as your wrist-based personal trainer, motivating you each and every time you train (according to the Polar website).
Go ahead. Look into it. Invest in one. It was one of the best things I have ever done for me exercise-wise.