It’s January. No, I don’t think you don’t know that. I probably could have left that out. Anyway, since it is January, it is also the time of year when many people freak out and try to jump start a new fitness routine. You could buy an expensive gym membership. You could buy a treadmill, stepmill, or other expensive torture device. The key word in both of those sentences is expensive. Being fit doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Although, come to think of it, if you lost an arm and a leg, you’d probably meet your goal weight. I kid, I kid. Okay, back to my point, which I promise exists. To get in shape, you honestly and truly don’t need a daggum thing. However, with a few helpful tools, it will be much easier. One gadget I went too long without? A heart rate monitor. Well, my friends, I’ve found a new love… and her name is Polar. (Polar FT40 if you’re nasty. ;))
For the longest time, I thought heart rate monitors were for people who religiously counted calories, pregnant women, or old folks. Yes, I was that naive. If you’re like me and you need convincing, let me hit you with some truth. Tracking your heart rate will help you have the best workouts possible. It’s true. Different workouts and different goals require different intensities. Novel idea, right? Anyway, the best way to gauge the intensity of any given workout is by accurately monitoring your heart rate. I stress accurately because our own perceptions, treadmills, and even other watches just aren’t as accurate as Polar.
FitFluential and Polar USA graciously allowed me to test an FT40. Let me just tell you, this watch lives up to all the hype. By hype, I’m definitely talking about the social media STORM of #PolarUSA pictures, mentions, and shares. This bad boy is basically the most popular kid in school.
There are many, many things I love about this watch, but I knew it was love when the first thing it told me to do was lie down. Um, yeah, I can get behind a little relaxation. 😉 But seriously, it needed to track my resting heart rate to give me an all around picture of my fitness at this point. Awesome, right? It also uses that number to help you reach your goals. It’s probably the cheapest personal trainer on the planet.
Another great point to mention is that it is very user friendly. Even the chest strap is easy to use. I know what you’re thinking. “Chest strap? Sounds like medieval torture.” It really couldn’t be more comfortable, though. In fact, after one of my workouts I literally forgot I had it on. I wore it for a few hours before I remembered to take it off. Yeah, that means I waited that long to take a shower. No judgement, please.
Another user-friendly feature is that it breaks down every single workout into numbers I can understand. I’m not a seriously “techy” person, so this is huge. It also tells me during a workout if I’m working at a high or low intensity. Depending on the workout, I want to stay in different “zones”. I’ve used it for circuits, weight training, and running. It has definitely given me a better insight into my workouts!
By the way, I mentioned this earlier, but the Polar HRM is MUCH more accurate than a treadmill. Even my personal treadmill, which has all my data plugged it, tells me I burn A LOT more calories than the Polar does. A treadmill tries to flatter you, because it knows you hate it. Don’t pretend like that’s not true.
The only (and I truly mean only) gripe I have with this watch is that for ALL the cool online tracking features, you have to buy a separate FlowLink transmitter. Lame. But I guess for them to include that would be similar to getting to date Prince William (pre-hairloss… what? It’s true) and Prince Harry. You just can’t have it all, ya know?
For more information on what this heart rate monitor does, what it can do for you, and how you can get your hands on on, head on over to Polar USA and check it out! I definitely recommend this product to anyone who is motivated to make 2013 the best year yet. 🙂
Have you tried a Polar heart rate monitor? Are you fine without any equipment? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Disclosure: I received this product for review purposes from FitFluential LLC and Polar USA. All opinions are my own.