Polar Heart Rate Monitor

Yesterday I worked from home, so I didn’t get my workout in quite as early as usual. I gave myself time to walk Barkley, eat breakfast, clean up, check out some WIAW posts, eat a snack, and finally get to the gym before I actually started working. (I did get pretty productive and finish a paper in the afternoon, so it wasn’t a complete fail.) I was more excited than usual to workout yesterday, because on Tuesday I received my Polar FT4 Heart Rate monitor watch in the mail!

I bought mine off of Amazon.com, you can find the link here.

I played around with the watch a little bit before I went to the gym. It was pretty easy to use. The chest strap  or ‘WearLink’ wasn’t uncomfortable at all, since the whole thing was made from elastic fabric. I did think it was a little odd you had to get the strap wet before you use it. I suppose it helps get a better measure of the heart rate. Seemed weird, but it worked wonderfully! If you’ve been looking for a heart rate monitor, I would recommend this one, even after only one use. I actually was referred to it by Carlyn at Just Keep Sweating.

My legs were sore from the previous day’s workout, so I kept it easy on the cardio and focused on upper body and core for strength. I hopped on the treadmill and alternated a little between jogging and a speed walk on an incline. After my 30 minutes of cardio I stretched and did some weight lifting. I was surprised that in the 25 minutes or so I was lifting I burned over 200 calories.

I found that during my cardio session, I easily got out of my heart rate ‘target zone.’ I don’t know a lot about the different heart rate zones, but by a Google search I found this. I think we’ve all seen these charts before…

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Going for a long walk will keep you in the ‘fat burning zone.’ However, bringing your heart rate into a higher zone will result in a greater amount of calories burned, and trains your body in a different way. I’d say that all makes sense. But what zone do I want to be in for my goals? Let’s see…what are my goals? :)

They say if you are training for a marathon or other long distance, you should stay around the 75-85% of your maximum heart rate (MHR). That’s the top end of the ‘target zone’. But if you’re doing a quick workout of high intensity interval training (HIIT) you should be around 90% of our MHR or above. They give a formula to calculate your MHR: MHR = 205.8 – (0.685 x age). (This is just one example, they mention that there are many other ways to calculate it.) My maximum heart rate comes out to be 188 bpm. Probably good to know if I want to get the most out of any HIIT training.

Anyhow, if anyone has more information to share with me or can point me to a good source, please share!

My eats yesterday looking a heck of a lot like my WIAW post, so I’m not gonna bore you with too much of that. But I will say that I might be addicted to Reginald’s Homemade peanut butter. It may be a little ridiculous, but according to Reginald’s…

I guess it’s okay. :) If you haven’t entered my giveaway for some of this deliciousness, you should do it now!

The end of my evening involved some Barkley time while watching the last few episodes of Season 1 of True Blood.

Breakfast & Planks

I had a meeting early this morning, so I didn’t have time for any kind of hard workout. Instead, I did a few planks to get me going, and I plan to get in some kind of cardio tonight.

Breakfast was an egg sandwich with a slice of American cheese, one whole egg, two pieces of turkey bacon, and a little bit of Miracle Whip on an English muffin. Not the ‘cleanest’ breakfast I’ve had in a while, but it was yummy.

Today I have a few things to check off my list, including a bit of a workout, and then hope to relax a bit later tonight.

Don’t forget to post your Wine of the Week tomorrow! My post will be up in the morning, ready or all of you to link up!

Happy Friday Eve!

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