I am a big fan of heart rate monitors, especially the ones from Polar. Because you input your information during set-up, i.e. age, sex, weight, height, a heart rate monitor allows you to keep an eye on your intensity level and and track how many calories you’ve burned during a workout. There are many varieties to fit every budget, from the basic, like the Polar FS3C, to the CS300, which is not only a heart rate monitor but a cycling computer. Usually, while I wear the watch to my CS300 everyday, I only pair it with the strap at the gym or when I’m hitting the pavement.
Today, though, I was curious to see how many calories I could burn at the park. Because Jude joined us, I was able to ride our BMX bike. A BMX bike forces me to stand up the entire time I ride, so it’s similar to doing a standing flat with a few sprints on a Spinning bike. I’d put on the strap at home, so I was ready to hit the trails after making sure Leda had settled in on the slide. I checked my watch a little after the 20 minute mark and discovered I’d burned 185 calories. I was pumped. Fifteen more calories to make the 200 mark? I could do that! At 27 minutes, I’d worked my way up to 315 calories. Needless to say, I felt pretty good about myself.
Jude snapped a few pics so I’d be able to share my ride with you.
~Trying to Get on the Pedals~
~And Take-Off–Baby’s Got Back :P~
~The End of the Ride, and I’m Still Smiling~
So, class, to sum up: Heart rate monitors are on my list of must-haves for anyone going on his/her own weight loss journey. A heart rate monitor helps those of us who don’t have professional coaches get a little more from our workouts. And it’s motivational to glance at your wrist and watch the calories burn away. As with any investment, do a little research to see which heart rate monitor is best for you.
P.S. Leda wants to remind everyone to stay hydrated while exercising.