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Heart Rate Monitor Calorie Counter

heart rate monitor calorie counterAs heart rate monitors become increasingly more sophisticated, a growing number of features are being added to even the most basic of models. One example is a calorie counter, which you will now find incorporated into some monitors.

In some cases, it is a fairly basic function, presenting a read-out of calories burned during a work-out session. However, some devices also tell you the accumulated figure over a set period - say, one week - and thus allow you to set long-term targets for calorie expenditure.

Here are several of the most popular heart rate monitor calorie counter devices:

* Timex T5G971 Unisex Sports Personal Heart Rate Monitor Watch (picture)

This regularly vies with the Omron HR-100C for most popular monitor at Amazon.com, and it has attracted around 150 user reviews, a large number for a heart rate monitor, with about 80 per cent of users awarding it four or five stars (out of five). Here is a four-star review:

I bought this heart rate monitor a few weeks ago to help aid my workouts. Personally, I was most interested in the calorie burning feature. I picked this monitor because I have had good fortune with other Timex products, the reviews were good, and this monitor allowed me to put in my weight for a more accurate reading.

Overall, I really love this product. I am able to use it for my own interests, and appreciate that there are tons of other options that I can utilize if I decide to do so in the future (such as alarms for going below a certain heart rate). I have had no problem getting the sensors to work, and have no other issues with the watch.

The only reason this isn't a 5 star review is the lack of instructions. The instructions are very step by step for most settings. However, the manual does not tell you how to set your weight. I am not all that electronically inclined, but I was able to figure it out after fiddling with the buttons for a few minutes. If I remembered what I did, I would post it. I think I had to hit the recall button. Anyway, it didn't end up being that difficult to figure out, but it is a problem.

I highly recommend this product.

* Reebok Fitwatch 10S Strapless Heart Rate Monitor Watch

Here is a description of this low-priced monitor:

Specifically made for women, with its lightweight and slender design, this all-in-one heart rate monitor and sports watch by Reebok uses a patented method called "pulse technology" to measure the electrical pulses sent out by your heart each time it beats. Of course, the amazing part is that it works by finger touch rather than the cumbersome chest strap used by most other heart monitors. Within four seconds of touching the sensors on the watch, you can get not only an accurate heart rate reading, but also the number of calories burned during your workout.

It has more than 130 user reviews at Amazon.com, mostly favorable, although with more disappointing reviews than for the Timex. Here is a five-star review:

I waited until the heart rate monitors that didn't require a chest strap were affordable to buy one (they were $300 at one point, and CLUNKY). This one is tiny (relative to other models, i.e. the Polar) and I'm very impressed. It takes about 2 -3 seconds to measure your heart rate, but it's very accurate.

I like the calorie counting feature, too, although as the computer never asks you your weight it is probably making the calorie - burning calculaltion for a "standard" weight, i.e. 150 pounds. You have to make the adjustment (if you weigh less) yourself.

Surprisingly easy to use, too! I am hopeless with these things but this one is intuitive. I daresay I didn't even bother with the manual (does anyone?) Great product, and a very good price for what you get!

* Polar F6 Heart Rate Monitor Watch

Polar is one of the leaders in this technology, and the F6 heart rate monitor calorie counter is one of its most popular monitors. It is more expensive than the others, but is packed with features. Here is an excerpt from a product description:

Polar OwnCal: This feature shows your energy expenditure during one exercise session as well as your accumulated kilocalories during several exercise sessions. You can set daily and weekly exercise goals in terms of calorie expenditure with the OwnCal feature. Because the OwnCal tracks both the energy expenditure during one exercise session and the accumulated kilocalories during a longer time e.g. one week, it helps in achieving both short term and long term goals.

* See also my Guide to Buying the Best Heart Rate Monitor. And check out the heart rate monitor bestseller rankings at Amazon.com to see what people are currently buying.

November 26th, 2009

 

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