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Strapless Heart Rate Monitors

strapless heart rate monitorsIt is generally agreed that monitors with chest straps provide the most accurate readings. However, some users find them uncomfortable or, for a variety of other reasons, prefer strapless heart rate monitors. In addition, monitors without straps can be substantially cheaper.

Here are a few of the most popular strapless heart rate monitors:

* Reebok Fitwatch 10S Strapless Heart Rate Monitor Watch (picture)

According to an official product description:

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.

* Impact Sports ePulse Strapless Heart Rate Monitor Watch and Calorimeter

Here is a product description:

Dynamic heart rate monitors have traditionally required an uncomfortable chest strap and compatible watch, practically restricting their use to serious athletes. Enter the ePulse, the world’s first armband heart rate monitor and calorimeter. Known as the "people’s fitness monitor," the ePulse makes it practical and convenient for anyone who is interested in tracking calories burned to enjoy the benefits of heart rate monitoring while performing literally any type of activity, from running to walking to simply doing daily chores.

The ePulse works by integrating light sensor and microchip technology--the same type used in hospital heart rate monitors--to accurately read the pulse from the forearm. Once on your arm, the ePulse continuously acquires and shows your current exercise heart rate while calculating calories burned based on your heart rate and personal profile. If you use the ePulse several times a day, it automatically compiles your calories burned into a grand daily total, including when your activities consist of moving around the office or doing work around the house.

The ePulse also measures your basic metabolic rate (BMR), which is a prediction of how many calories you will burn based on your personal data input, and then adds your daily calories burned to show your total caloric burn for a day. This function is particularly useful for people who are trying to count calories and lose weight through a program of diet and exercise.

* Mio Classic Select Heart Rate Monitor Watch

MIO specializes in strapless heart rate monitors. Here is an excerpt from a four-star review at Amazon.com:

I have compared this to my gym's machines, and my home blood pressure - heart rate monitor, and it is only one or two beats off each time - very close to what they say! It also seems to work well walking. It is rather inconvenient to place two fingers on the buttons while exercising, and it can take several seconds, but on the other hand, sometimes the machines don't give readings, and this one keeps working. It is also handy to have the watch on for timing reps. at the gym. You can press the light button while walking in the dark, and then take your reading and it stays lit, so useful in the dark.

It is rather bulky for a woman, and not very comfortable or attractive, but it is sensible, and sensibly priced, and does the job. I was too scared to buy the petite size, as I have a large wrist for a woman, but I would prefer a smaller one. I love not having to worry about a strap. For me it is worth having to place two fingers on it.

Note it does not have to be on your wrist to use it. You could carry it on curved fingers on a walk or run and then take your reading.

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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