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Heart Rate Monitor

Reviews — Posted 24/10/12

Medibank Members Nathan and Marcele road test the latest heart rate monitor and share their insight into how it might be beneficial for you.

Heart Rate Monitor

Polar FT4 RRP $129

How did you use the product?

Nathan: I used the heart rate monitor belt and watch while I went jogging, usually for around 35-45 minutes, while riding my bike and I also used it during a weights work out.

Marcele: I wrapped the heart rate monitor belt above my waist during periods of exercise and wore the accompanying watch which synchronises with the heart rate monitor.

What did you like about it?

Nathan: It’s great because it gives you an idea of how hard your body's working and lets you adjust accordingly. It is super easy to use and picks up your heart rate straight away - so it doesn’t hold up your exercise.

Marcele: It was very comfortable to wear and was sensitive to changes in physical activity. It was easy to set up and provided a concise summary at the end of exercising.

What features did you use the most and why?

Nathan: I mainly used it to measure my heart rate. I found this important to maintain my intensity during a workout.

Marcele: The calorie burner was very helpful because it allowed me to see exactly how many calories I was burning relative to my calorie consumption during the day.

Did it contribute to better health?

Nathan: Yes, I think that by measuring your exercise, you get a base to work from and then you can aim to slowly improve towards your goals.

Marcele: Yes, having an accurate reading of heart rate and calories burned motivates me to exercise and be more aware of my body during exercise.

Any tips to people who use this product?

Nathan: If you want to take it a little bit more seriously, you can create an account at polar fitness online and register your work outs. It’s a great way to log your progress.

Marcele: Don't feel put off by where the product needs to sit on the body, it is very comfortable to wear and non-invasive.

For more information visit Polar Australia.

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