Post # 1
I’m pretty new to this whole fitness and exercise game. I’ve been monitoring my calories on MFP, and using Map My Fitness for walk/run workouts. I love all this tracking, and it’s really helping motivate me. So I think my next step is a heart rate monitor.
I started looking into them, and didn’t realize you have to wear a chest strap with most of them (the more accurate ones?). That doesn’t sound like it could possibly be comfortable, and I’m especially concerned being a full figured type woman.
They must be comfy, though, if so many people buy them! Anyway fitness bees, enlighten me. What brands are good, will any of them sync up with MFP, and are they comfy? Is there another accurate option besides a chest strap?
Post # 3
I’ve never, ever worn a heart monitor, and that INCLUDES the half marathon I ran on Sunday (I’m 5 months pregnant, so my HR can’t go above 150)
I generally try different paces on the treadmill, and use a watch to keep track of how fast my miles are! So I knew as long as my miles were 10-12minutes, I was still in a safe heart zone!
Post # 4
Polar. By far the best. The strap is a non-issue. They do make special sports bras the strap slides in to but I never had to buy one. Actually, the strap keeps the girls from moving downward….
Post # 5
I use the Polar FT7. I am obese, but I don’t find the chest strap uncomfortable! I really love it; I think it’s one of the best purchases I’ve made.
Post # 6
I love my polar! I have a Bluetooth one that is compatible with iPhone. The strap is definitely a non issue for me, and I love knowing how many calories I’ve burnt after each session. It also means that you can’t let yourself get away with doing a half assed workout, highly recommend!
Post # 7
@littlemisst08: No doubt about it, Polar is the way to go. At first the strap feels weird but you don’t notice it after a few workouts. I have the FT40, I’m borderline obsessed with it.
Post # 8
Polar hands down. The chest strap is a total non issue. In fact, I had never worn one in a race before my first marathon last weekend, but since I’d been running with it all summer I decided to use it and I didn’t even notice it. (I was curious as to how many calories I’d be burning too, not going to lie!)
Post # 9
POLAR! not necessary, I agree, but i use mine all the time.
Post # 10
I love my Polar too! I had a bad fall 2 weeks ago when I was running and was so scared that I broke my watch, but thankfully it just got scratched up. I love to look at the end result of my workout and see the final count of calories burned!
Post # 10
I use a Polar ft4 polar moniter to help me with my calorie count. It is great and it keeps me motivated. See my blog below
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Post # 11
EDIT: Whoops, I only just realised that this was an old post!
As everyone else has said, I wouldn’t worry too much about the chest strap! <br />You really don’t notice it once it’s on.
I have just a generic brand one, but I’m looking at either a Polar or Garmin one if I can convince myself to spend the money on a new one!
Post # 12
Old post… but I also have a Polar FT7 and I love it! The chest strap sometimes feels lose, but then I’ll adjust it and it’s fine again. Once it’s on, and fits well – you barely notice it. I wear it in my Zumba class and on a treadmill when I jog/walk and it never seems to slip with the high intensity workouts.
Post # 13
Old post but I have a garmin (fr60 I think) and I love it. Ive had it maybe 4 years and it tracks everything and sends it wirelessly to my computer for graphs of my progress etc. the chest strap is necessary for accurate hr, but it isn’t uncomfortable at all. it goes right under the rib cage part of your sports bra so you can’t even tell you’re wearing it. This garmin is especially great if a lot of your workouts are inside (it tracks calories and distance by a foot pod for running instead of by gps, which wouldn’t work on a treadmill).