Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The FIFTH Day of heart rate monitor OBSESSION!

I have an obsession. I received it last year for Christmas, and it has changed my workouts completely! It's my Polar Heart Rate Monitor. I've seriously learned more about my body through wearing this during my regular workouts than ever before. I've learned my limits. I've pushed myself harder. I've gone longer. And did I mention that I'm obsessed?

Obsessed to the point that I feel nekkid without it. I thought I'd lost the part you strap across your chest for several days (there is a watch and a chest strap). I seriously had to convince myself that I was still burning calories without it; that the heart rate monitor itself didn't really change anything. Luckily I found it, so I could happily watch the numbers.

I love knowing exactly how many calories I've burned...which, by the way, is ALWAYS less (for me, anyway) than it says on the treadmill/elliptical/etc. I love knowing my maximum heart rate, and my average heart rate at the end of each workout. I love knowing how long I worked out (without watching the clock). And I love seeing my weekly totals. I'm so obsessed, in fact, that I wear my heart rate monitor no matter what workout I'm doing. I wear it for Yoga, Pilates, and even a walk around the block where the calorie expenditure is far from impressive. I just have to know. And I love comparing how I feel to what my body is actually doing.

I wish I could convince Polar-USA to give you all one. Maybe I should actually try. If you have anyone left on your list, however, this would be the perfect gift!

I do wish to direct your attention to ANOTHER could-be-my-next-obsession could win a Wii and a Wii Fit! Click here for contest details, and to enter! Make sure you enter by noon (Mountain Time) on December 20th!

What are your work-out obsessions? Is there something else we NEED to know about? Hit us up in the comments!


Chris@Polar said...

Great post!

Thank you for the dedication to Polar products!

Let us know if you ever need anything.

Happy Holidays,

-Chris @ Polar USA

Kimberly said...

I want one!! I have envied yours since the first day I saw what it could do. I have a girl in my dance class who wears it to every class. I always make her tell me how many calories she burned after class. One day she burned over 400...I was so proud!

Cindy said...

I am very interested in the polar monitor. What kind do you have? It looks like there are a lot of options out there. (this is my first time checking out this blog. I am excited to keep tabs on this in the future!)

Darci said...

I can't believe that you got a heart rate monitor!!! You are so dedicated, my in laws have one and I might have to give it a go the next time I am there. Love the giveaway, as you know from my posts I am all about them.