My New Gadget - Heart Rate Monitor

Thursday, February 22, 2007


I bought this Polar F6 heart rate monitor from Amazon, just arrive on time! You know what, for the first 3 days of CNY, I gain 3kg of weight! OMG. I'm so envy people like tekko, no matter how much he eat, he is still under weight, what an unfair world.

Heart Rate Monitor, the name tell what it is. Quote the following description from Polar website.

Why use a heart rate monitor?
By monitoring heart rate, the simple observation that the harder we exercise, the faster our heart beats is put to good use. Professional athletes and amateurs alike have for decades been relying on the information provided by their heart rate monitor for the following reasons:

  1. A heart rate monitor is like a rev counter, giving a precise measurement of exercise intensity.
  2. Training at your own ideal pace is made possible with a heart rate monitor.
  3. Direct measurement of heart rate during exercise is the most accurate way to gauge performance.
  4. Progress can be monitored and measured, increasing motivation.
  5. It maximizes the benefits of exercise in a limited amount of time.
  6. It introduces objective observation. Are you on the right track? Are you improving?
  7. It is a tool for regulating frequency and intensity of workouts.
  8. Because of the immediate feedback it provides, heart rate monitoring is an ideal training partner.

How does it work?

When you start training, your heart rate increases rapidly in proportion to the intensity of the training. In Polar Heart Rate Monitors, the transmitter belt detects the electrocardiogram (ECG - the electric signal originating from your heart) and sends an electromagnetic signal to the Polar wrist receiver where heart rate information appears.

The heart moves blood from the lungs (where the blood picks up oxygen) to the muscles (which burn the oxygen as fuel) and back to the lungs again. The harder the training, the more fuel the muscles need and the harder the heart has to work to pump oxygen-rich blood to the muscles.

As you get fitter, your heart is able to pump more blood with every beat. As a result, your heart doesn’t have to beat as often to get the needed oxygen to your muscles, decreasing resting heart rate and exercise heart rate on all exertion levels.

I like this Polar F6 heart rate monitor, it keep track my workout progress and calculate how much calories burned based on my age, height, weight and the heart rate, and keep the past 12 daily and 12 weekly exercise records in the watch. To keep a longer period, Polar provide a free online workout log, just need install a client application on my computer. Polar use SonicLink to transfer data between the watch unit and PC, how it does is aim the F6 to the PC microphone, and send using sound. That's simple, it send my workout information to PC and from PC to the web, information includes workout date, time duration, mim/max heart rate, calories burned, fat % burned and etc.

I did 2 exercises last Saturday and a exercise today. 1508 kcal burned in total, not too bad. Last Saturday was my first usage, I recorded 2 extra exercises by mistake.


It's Chinese New Year, and my resolution is to reduce to body fat to 17% (current is 22%) by end of June and 14% by end October 2007! Hmm.... should able to train my six-pack by then :D

Polar F6 also come different color and different size for female, it's also available from Fitness Concept for RM475

Posted by whistler at 10:44 PM  

6 comments:

Give me a break, it's Chinese New Year! Eat first, exercise later!

whistler said...
2/22/2007 10:51 PM  

wow, very high tech. My mum has the Nike watch that measures the heart rate but this looks really serious. Poor whistler - kena taruh for his underweight situation.

boo_licious said...
2/22/2007 11:32 PM  

what to do... I like to eat therefore I need to watch out the weight. :(

I notice Nike HRM too, it's fashionable, but the problem is nike does not sell spare parts, once the wrist watch strips break, won't get any replacement.

End up settle for Polar, the inventor for HRM and more function provided.

whistler said...
2/23/2007 3:40 PM  

don't envy... i'm underweight but definitely not as healthy as you. btw, consider run a business selling things like this? sport gadgets, or stuffs like ThinkGeek.

tekko said...
2/25/2007 12:30 AM  

cool gadget! no worries on your weight...can always slim down after cny! :D

MeiyeN said...
2/26/2007 3:33 PM  

tekko: I wish to, but no idea to manage the logistic side? Any idea?

meiyen: thanks

whistler said...
2/26/2007 3:48 PM  

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