Monday, June 16, 2008

Why A Polar Heart Rate Watch FS1 is Key to Losing Weight

(Fitness Gear), Monitoring your heart rate while exercising allows to find and maintain a constant heart rate at which your body will burn calories at your bodies optimal rate.

According to the American Heart Association, “Target heart rates let you measure your initial fitness level and monitor your progress in a fitness program. This approach requires measuring your pulse periodically as you exercise and staying within 50 to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate. This range is called your target heart rate”.

Polar USA manufactures a wide range of heart rate monitors and polar heart rate straps. Both the Heart rate watch and chest strap work together. The hear rate strap will connect to the watch either from a cable or wirelessly. The heart rate strap used in conjunction with the watch allows you to get a more accurate heart rate measurement.

But whether you use the strap with the heart rate watch or just the watch alone will depend on what type of physical activity you are performing and whether you feel comfortable using the strap.

My favorite Polar heart rate watch is the Polar FS1 and the watch can be used alone to monitor your heart rate or you may use the watch and polar chest strap together. The Polar FS1 will transmit the heart rate information to the watch wirelessly, freeing you of cables.

polar hear rate watch

The basic features of the Polar heart rate watch FS1 are:

EKG accurate heart rate (bpm)
  1. Manual target zone (bpm)
  2. Visual and audible alarm in target zone
  3. Water resistant to 50 meters
  4. Extra large digits

Recording Features:
  1. Exercise time (total)
  2. Average heart rate of total exercises

Watch Features:
  1. Time of day
  2. Stopwatch

The reason the Polar FS1 is my all time favorite is it’s very economical, it’s easy to operate and it’s somewhat fashionable. Prices for the FS1 watch vary from retailer to retailer but only by a few dollars. Usually Prices range from $59.95 to $69.95

Polar USA sells the watches directly but I find their website hard to navigate to make a purchase. I originally purchased my Polar FS1 at Sportsmith, they offer the FS1 and the polar chest straps in three sizes, small, medium and large. They retail the Polar FS1 for $59.95 plus shipping and their service is top notch. I had my watch in 3 days.

I use my polar watch everyday. It’s interesting to see how many calories you might burn in a eight hour day at the office sitting at your desk. I think in a eight hour day I burn something like 300 calories just working at my desk, but for you that will depend on how stressful your job is. Of course, I use my watch while walking, mowing the lawn, doing house work and the fitness center.

If you don’t currently use a heart rate monitor my advice to you, get one and you’ll be quite surprised how many or how little calories you burn depending on the amount of physical activity you perform.

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