Hey everyone! Yes, I’m still alive over here! Even though I’ve been off from work this week, I still feel like I’ve been so busy. Wednesday through Friday, I was trying to catch up on work that I put off before the Christmas holiday (primarily grading!) and there’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel, so I plan to get back to my normal blogging routine… starting now!
Even though I’ve been busy, one thing I’ve been making time for is working out. I’ve definitely been hitting the Christmas cookies pretty hard, so really, I’ve got no choice.
If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, I’m sure you’ve already seen/heard me buzzing about my new favorite fitness tool – my Polar FT40 Heart Rate Monitor. It has been my best gym buddy as of late!
I received the product a few weeks ago as part of my ambassadorship with Fitfluential. I was so excited when it arrived. I knew the general idea/purpose of using a heart rate monitor, but had never used one myself.
After reading the instructions and completing the (super easy!) set-up, I was ready to go.
Here’s a quick overview of what the FT40 offers:
- It measures the user’s heart rate with a comfortable, soft strap. I didn’t even notice that the sensor strap was there!
- One of the key features of this particular model is the Energy Pointer. It lets you know if the effect of your workout is fitness improvement or fat burning.
- It displays calories burned.
- It tracks the duration of your exercise. (You’re also able to pause/resume your workout, which I like!)
What I found most useful and eye-opening about using the heart rate monitor was the ability to see how many calories I was burning. As it turns out, I was way overestimating the intensity of the group exercise classes I take and way underestimating the cardio workouts I complete on my own.
Before my run last Sunday
For example, I burned 360 calories during an hour-long spin class and 300 calories during BodyPump. If any of your gyms display the BodyPump/Les Mills posters, it’s suggested that the average participant burns close to 600 calories in one class. That certainly wasn’t the case for me! While burning calories isn’t the primary reason why I workout, it’s so helpful to have an accurate picture of things!
Since receiving this product from review, I’ve used it during every single trip to the gym. It’s an easy, quick, and comfortable way to stay aware of my heart rate during a workout session!
Have you ever used a heart rate monitor? I don’t think I’ll be working out without one from now on!
I was provided with the FT40 heart rate monitor free of charge through a partnership with Fitfluential. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.