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Has anyone found adding a heart rate monitor to your exercise sessions helped with weight loss? What was your exact experience?

Sat. Dec 9, 10:29pm

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I use mine for home-based workouts - I tend to get lazy in front of videos and fool myself that I'm exercising, but heart rates don't lie.

Sunday, December 10, 2006, 1:04 AM

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I love my HRM. It helped me figure out that I was exercising way too hard at the gym. Once I started paying attention to my HR zones, I saw a lot more results, and noticed I wasn't dreading my trips to the gym as much.

Sunday, December 10, 2006, 11:46 AM

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I started using a HRM in February. It is a great tool for me because I am motivated to complete goals, and I challenge myself to burn more calories or get my heart rate up. I usually set a target number of calories to burn and work toward it. They are accurate within about 15% of how many calories you burn.

I was also surprise that now that I am in shape, many activities like walking don't get my heart rate up at all. I have to really pump or walk up hills to get it going.

Sunday, December 10, 2006, 5:22 PM

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thank you for these comments. when i started a new gym, the trainer suggested i get a HRM but i didn't pay attention. 11:46, why did you see more results when you paid attention to your HR zones?

Monday, December 11, 2006, 10:47 AM

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I love my HRM! It has helped me a bunch in spinning (to make sure I get my HR up during certain intervals) and running, when I am trying to stay within certain training zones.

5:22 poster, how do you know how many cals you have burned based on HR? Is there a way to calculate this? I know some HRMs do it internally, but mine is a cheapie model and doesn't so I'd be interested in knowing how to do it manually.

Monday, December 11, 2006, 1:38 PM

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Hmm, I don't know, mine calculates calories automatically and tells me (based on age, weight, height, and then heart rate during exercise). My model was $80. It was totally worth it.

Monday, December 11, 2006, 3:51 PM

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OP here, what model do you have 3:51 poster? I am considering Polar F3 and F4-not sure if I would use F4 features. Any recommendations anyone?

Wednesday, December 13, 2006, 3:17 PM

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I like using my heart rate monitor to calculate calories. Each brand or model of exercise equipment seems to vary widely in the results, but with my HRM I can get a consistent reading.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006, 6:00 PM

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I have the F6 (I had a coupon when I bought it, so it was 20% off). I was looking at the F4 originally, but I went with the F6 because it has the coded transmission so it doesn't have interference from other HRMs (or power lines, TV, computer monitor or scanner, etc.) and it has a light. Otherwise, I think the F4 is a good basic model.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006, 7:38 PM

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