I get a lot of people who tell me they don’t understand how they can be working out consistently and eating clean and not see results. Well, it could be a couple things but I know sometimes we think we are putting in the work, when we are actually not putting in enough work.
I came across this issue a couple months ago myself, when I wasn’t shedding the pounds. I was the counting calories I ate and those burned through exercise based on the built in heart rate monitors on machines at the gym, and still failed to see results. That’s when I decided to go the extra step and buy a heart rate monitor to get precise calculations. Having done some extensive research, Polar seemed to be the brand that was most trusted by its customers. Like many people, I had purchased the Nike fuel band in the past and although a fun and convenient gadget (I loved how you can sync it up with the other Nike apps on my iPhone) it failed to provide me with the basics of a precise heart rate and amount of calories burned. Nike fuel points are cool, but it wasn’t enough.
After buying the Polar heart rate monitor, I started using it for every workout and to my surprise, I wasn’t burning as much calories as I thought I was. I thought for sure I was burning 600 or more calories in a one hour Nike training class, but in reality I was burning about 350-400 each class. Realizing that during a week of training, I was off 200 or more calories a day really makes a BIG difference. Even the gym elliptical machine read that in 30 minutes I burned 300 calories, and in actuality my heart rate monitor informed me it was only 220 calories.
One pound is equal to 3200 calories, that being said, if you don’t know how much you are burning, how do you know when or if you are going to see the results you want to see?
After logging my workouts and calories burned, I realized I needed to turn it up a notch and get in more of a sweat at the gym. Within two weeks of having this heart rate monitor, I lost those last 5 stubborn pounds that were keeping me from my goal weight.
If you want to learn how to use a heart rate monitor, follow the instructions below.
1. Clip your heart rate monitor belt to the receiver.
2. Lightly wet the receptors on the inside of the waist band.
3. Place the waist band right under your breast bone, tightening the band to a snug fit.
4. Hit the start button on the watch.
5. Wait for the watch to retrieve your resting heart rate.
6. Then hit start, and start moving!
At the end of your workout hit the stop button, and the watch will save your workout and calculations. You can look at all your workouts in the data files. This is great to see if your are improving or need to challenge yourself more.
This heart rate monitor is amazing because it will tell you what your maximum heart rate should be. I know for me to get a good workout, I need to get my heart rate to 160 beats per minutes or above and burn over 400 calories a session.
Check out the pics below when I went for a run at Seal beach pier using my new fave toy;
Photography: Kevin Tello