As I said in my Happiness Video I am usually quite adverse to material possessions. However, I have my exceptions.
I have fallen in love with the Polar FT40 Heart Rate Monitor. I haven't engaged in a single physical activity without wearing it since I received it before Christmas and if anything were to happen to mine I'd cry and run out and replace it immediately.
Check out my Video Review on how easy it is to use and what I love so much about it:
As I mention in the video there is a huge difference in the amount of calories burned depending on what type of activity I'm doing. For those of you who have done the Banish Fat Boost Metabolism DVD you know what an absolute killer it is. I was pretty surprised that I didn't even break 300 calories in almost an hour of working out but look at that even split of calories burned from fat burn and fitness (cardio). Zero equipment used and I got my strength and cardio workout in at once!
For running - the Polar helped me see that RunKeeper's calories burned were significantly lower than what I was actually burning!
I try not to get to hung up on calories burned/consumed. However, it is important to me to have a rough idea of how much I'm burning to make sure I'm eating the right amount. Ever since I started using the Polar I eat a bit more on long run days and slightly less than I was on strength days.
The monitor is SO easy to use (I can be a total dunce figuring out gadgets) and I had it out of the box and ready to workout in 2 minutes. It has absolutely motivated me to workout harder in my routines so I can keep my heart rate up and it's also given me a new enthusiasm for doing all of my home DVD's (which I was getting pretty bored with) since I can now see how much I was burning with each one!
I know many of you are working toward Health related goals for the New Years and I can't think of a better treat for yourself to help keep you motivated than the Polar monitor.
Do you use a Heart Rate monitor? Would you like to?
What are some other high intensity cardio workouts I should try aside from running?
Disclaimer: I was provided the Polar FT40 through Fitfluential LLC in exchange for my honest review.
I really do love it as much as I say so.