I’ll be honest with you and tell you that before I tested out this heart rate monitor/watch I didn’t really run with my heart rate monitor that much. The reason being I hate the chest strap and more often than not the times I am most curious about my heart rate are when I am not running laps around my town but when I am doing other things. Plain and simple the chest strap is not something I love, but I dealt with it at times when I needed instant feedback.
It never occurred to me before that there could be another way for me to get my heart rate measurement with out having to spend a zillion dollars on another running gadget.
In steps the Omron Strapless Heart Rate Monitor.
- Watch – check
- Timer – check
- Heart Rate monitor – check
- Strapless – check
- Inexpensive – check [$49.99 - http://omronwebstore.com/detail/OMR+HR-210]
So really I sort of loved this little watch before I even had it in my hands. I loved it even more when I tested it out.
I’ve been wearing it everywhere and by everywhere I mean that my 5 year old daughter commented on how much I had been wearing it lately.
Doing dishes – did you know you can get your heart rate up the faster you do the dishes? Turn chores into exercise – check.
Same with doing a kids wii dance video game…..[no I am not ashamed to admit that I dance to Dora and the Backyardigans]
Going up the stairs hard? Well of course - it’s a workout – my heart rate went up.
The best thing about this little gadget is that it showed me/reminded me that being active, getting in shape and loosing weight [should that be one of your goals] is not just about the time you spend running – it’s about the little choices you make to move all day long, that add up to big results in the end.
So how does it work?
There is a set up process – which looked intimidating while looking at the directions to begin with – but was actually easy and only took a couple of minutes. Then it’s ready to go – just put two fingers on the watch on the two measuring spots – wait – and bam – your heart rate. Quick and easy!!
Have you ever had an Omron before? Do you use a heart rate monitor? Questions for me??
If you get bored – poke around the Omron website – tons of fun fitness related gadgets - I know I picked out a couple of other items I’m adding to my want list – like this VERY cool fat loss monitor!
Here are some facts that Omron provided:
By exercising within your target-training zone, you’ll achieve more in less time. Each zone offers different benefits. The most popular zone range is 50% to 80% of your maximum heart rate. This is where you achieve card benefits, burn fat, and become fitter.
- Health Maintenance (65% – 78%) – Low intensity level training. Good if you’re a begininer and strengthening your cardiovascular system.
- Aerobic Exercise (65% – 85%) – Increase strength and endurace. Burns calories faster adn can be sustained during longer workouts.
- Anaerobic Exercise (78%-90%) – Improves speed and power. This zone builds muscle faster, but cannot be maintained for long workouts.
- Red Line (90% – 100%) – Maximum capacity
*FitFluential LLC compensated me for this sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.