I have to admit, sometimes I get sold on stupid things that I see on the internet, and I for sure have nickle and dimed myself on a ton of things that don’t work or aren’t comfortable etc. I had been curious about heart rate monitors for a while especially when I see my friend Jill Hanner instagram photos of her Polar FT40 heart rate monitor [HRM]. When I was at Jack Rabbit buying my shoes I noticed the display and was super close to buying one but I wanted to do my research before i just splurged.
Then a blogger that I follow made a post about how he got a HRM for father’s day and said that it helped him get through his plateau that he had been stuck in and raved about how great they were…
Being that I am pretty much stuck where I am with my weight loss right now, I figured now was the time to try it out, so I bought the Polar FT60. What made me choose that one? The short answer : the Polar website told me too lol. But really there was more to it than that.
The FT60 creates a training program to help you meet your goals, and updates them weekly. It also gives you feedback on how you are doing which I think helps as well.
I have worn it for two days so far. Yesterday I didn’t really get it, there are three heart rate zones, when I set my HRM goals to lose weight it wants me to stay in zone 2 for a majority of the time. In zone 2 my heart rate is between 135-152 which is difficult for me to stay in this range at the intensity that I like to work out. My monitor has a graph of the amount of time that it wants me to stay in each of the three zones for the week and just from my hour long run yesterday I went over the amount of time alotted for the week of zone 3! When I am on the treadmill the only thing that keeps me in zone 2 is by not walking over 3.5 mph and keeping the incline below 6. That is kind of annoying to me, I feel like it is holding me back.
Today is my longest day at the gym because i don’t have work, or other commitments for the day so I usually stay there for at least 2 hours. I did an hour of strength and an hour of cardio. This time I used the arc trainer for 45 min and did intervals of 1 minute at high intensity and 1 minute of low intensity. This kept me in zone 2 for most of the workout, then I went over and did 15 minutes on the treadmill hoping to get some running in by trying the intervals but it got annoying how often I had to lower the speed to bring down my heart rate.
So what else have I learned by using this? That the amount of calories that the machines say I burn or even myfitnesspal say are totally over-estimated. If I would have typed that stuff into myfitnesspal it would have worked out to well over 1000 calories burned, and even on the machine the arc trainer alone said i burned over 600 calories and that was only 45 minutes of my workout. So that part is kind of a bummer. It did tell me that I did good today though haha.
So what do you guys think? Should I just work out like I was, or listen to this and lower the intensity that I work out to maintain my heart rate in this sweet spot?
now just to add a little cute-ness… here is my perfectly measured out dinner in 1/2 cup hearts.
quinoa, mashed sweet potatoes, jamacian jerk black beans, and sweetfire love beets. yum!