A personal heart rate monitor is a useful tool when exercising. It provides an accurate count on total calories burned, time, distance and speed. Some personal heart rate monitors also feature programmable training goals, whether it's to improve your overall fitness level or lose weight. There are many heart rate monitors to choose from. Polar is the leading brand in heart rate monitors, according to the manufacturer.
In 1982, Polar launched the first wireless, wearable heart rate monitor, providing accurate workout information for athletes and their trainers. Since then, Polar has released a wide range of heart rate monitors -- from basic models to programmable fitness training systems for the world's leading sports and fitness athletes.
"The New York Times" notes that the Polar FT60 is a comfortable workout companion, even on long runs. It features basic workout feedback like calories burned, speed and distance, as well as programmable training goals and weekly targets. At the end of each workout, the watch lets you know if you reached your goals and, at the end of the week, provides guidance if you didn't train hard enough. Other features and benefits of Polar heart rate monitors include an easy-to-use interface, easy-to-read display, blocked interference from other heart rate monitors in range and water-resistance. Some also feature GPS capability.
There is a wide range of Polar heart rate monitors to choose from depending on your workout and fitness needs. Most Polar heart rate monitors have features such as a visual and/or audible alarm in target heart zones, water-resistance, a backlight, storage for exercise files -- including exercise time, time in target zone, average heart rate, maximum heart rate and calorie expenditure -- a day and weekday indicator, a stopwatch and a low battery indicator. Other features include a temperature and altitude indicator, and a target pace alarm.
How Does a Polar Heart Rate Monitor Calculate Calories?
Polar developed a feature known as OwnCal. Once the Polar monitor has the required information, a program called OwnCal uses a regression equation based on gender. The internal part of the monitor chooses the appropriate equation and, based on your workout intensity, determines the number of total calories burned.
A Polar Heart Rate monitor only estimates calories used during a workout. For this reason, Polar developed two versions--one for athletes and one for the average user. OwnCal for the average user starts monitoring once the user's heart rate reaches 100 beats per minute. In addition to gender and body weight, OwnCal for athletes also includes VO2max and Heart Rate max and starts monitoring at a heart rate of 90 beats per minute. Remember, these equations only estimate total calories.
How to Choose a Polar Heart Rate Monitor?
Narrow your focus depending on whether you cycle, run or pursue general fitness activities and whether you want an entry-level, intermediate or advanced model.
Select a basic monitor such as the FT1 to track heart rate and target zones if you are price conscious. For more readouts such as calories burned if you should go for a more advanced heart rate monitor such as the FT60 that can help you create a training program based on your personal goals and gives feedback on the effectiveness of training.
Purchase a cycling monitor such as the CS300 if you are a recreational rider which measures your heart rate and current, average and maximum speed and displays how many calories you've burned. Step up to a RS300X to connect with an online training diary and determine your heart rate target zones for optimal training. The CS600X uses wireless speed sensors and determines if your training program and recovery time are optimal.
Select a running monitor such as the RS100 if you are an entry-level runner looking for heart rate monitoring and showing many calories you have burned. Move up to the RS800CX series if you are training for events and want to track your latest 16 training sessions, or the RCX5 to also measure your aerobic fitness at rest and provide details about your performance.
Before you decide on what watch you would like to use, always do a side-by-side comparisons of all the features to make sure the watch meets all your requirements.
Download a PDF of Polar's 24-page catalog for details on each model, featuring symbol legends and a summary chart listing each model's basic features, training and heart rate measuring capabilities and data communication tools.
Once you decide on a product that suits your needs,
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