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@polarglobal, the best way to track your heart rate while working out :: review and giveaway

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polar logoWhile I am 25 weeks pregnant, I still visit the gym quite regularly.  I mean, how can I not after being an avid runner for so many years!  For whatever reason, this pregnancy I wasn’t able to continue running…so I have had to adapt to new workouts!  With new workouts, come new challenges and ways to injure yourself if you are not careful.  Again, being pregnant, I didn’t want to overdo it.  I chose to do exercises that I am comfortable doing, in addition to monitoring my heart rate.  If you are not familiar with the benefits of monitoring your heart rate while working out, I highly suggest you look in to it!  If you are trying to lose weight, there is a particular zone you should be in, your fat burning zone, if you will.  If you are pregnant, there is a “safe” zone you should stay in as well.  All in all, monitoring your heart rate is a fabulous thing to do!

There is a “learning” curve, with any new device.  My husband and I sat down together one night and he helped me get familiar with my new Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor.  This little thing has been with me through every workout now since I got it!  I love how accurate it is.  I can just about guess what my heart rate is when I’m working out, a gift after all these years I guess LOL!  When I look down at my wrist to view the rate at which the Polar FT4 says my heart is beating, it’s spot on with what I’m feeling!

Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor
You wear a heart rate strap around your chest and that “talks” to the monitor on your wrist.  That takes a little getting used to, but once you tighten it up just right, you forget you are even wearing it.

The FT4 comes in great colors.  I, of course, chose PINK!  The other options include bronze, blue and emerald green.

Check out these last few points, a little more on the product itself.

  • For those who want basic heart rate-based features to keep their fitness training simple
  • Shows when you’re improving fitness based on your heart rate
  • Displays calories burned
  • Comes with comfortable fabric transmitter and coded heart rate transmission to avoid cross-talk

Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor Stock Images

I’m not joking when I say I just adore this.  I love watching my heart rate, keeping it in range and then when my workout is complete, seeing the calories I have successfully burned.  Wearing a heart rate monitor is the best, and most accurate way to keep track of the calories burned, so why not start here! (Yes, I’m pregnant and I shouldn’t be watching calories…I know.  I’m not watching them to lose weight, I just like to see what my burn was worth…I guess 🙂 )

polar FT4 heart rate monitor :: $99.95

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  • Sue Hull
    October 21, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    I like the Unique 24/7 Activity Measuring b/c I could just check my heart rate throughout the day. Thank you 🙂

  • Claire
    October 21, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    FT2 could really help me Achieve my Fitness Goals

  • Ashley Pichon
    October 21, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    I LOVE the FT4 but I will go with the FT7 to prove I looked at the site 🙂

  • phxbne
    October 21, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    I would get my husband the CS300 monitor for cycling

  • Jenny
    October 21, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I like the FT40. I run 5-6 days per week and would love to monitor heart rate, distance, and more accurately. It would be nice to have a record of my workouts and what I have accomplished.

  • Krystal Dunlap
    October 21, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    The ft because I am still sort of a begginer. I started running at 530 am every morning about two months ago. We live on a gravel road and I love running up and down the hills and ltening to nature.

  • Krystal Dunlap
    October 21, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    I like the FT7 because I have only been running around two months.

  • Kortney
    October 21, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Fitness Watch with Weekly Training Program is awesome! This would be great for me when taking walks and stuff in places that I have never been especially.

  • stephanie
    October 21, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    I would love the polar loop! It gives you updates and you can see things with it better than the fit bit. You also can check online to see your progress. You can add the heart sensor to get even more out of it! You can also use it on your phone to track things too.

  • Tahina Quezada
    October 21, 2013 at 11:43 am

    I’d love the ft4 it’s just to perfect!

  • Diana Hatch
    October 21, 2013 at 10:57 am

    I like the Loop!

  • Renee Addison-Hutchinson
    October 21, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I would like the FA20 ACTIVITY WATCH. I have health issues that involves my blood pressure and heart rate. I have to keep close eye when I am exercising as well as during the day activities. This would be great and to make me active more.

  • Laurie Adams
    October 20, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    I want this monitor to help motivate me. It says it shows when your fitness is improving, that would be a nice bit of encouragement. The smart coaching feature sounds helpful too. Thank you for sharing!

  • Cori Westphal
    October 20, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    I absolutely love the RC3 GPS Sports Watch! I’m a runner, and sometimes it’s tough to make sure you are pacing yourself so you can run long distances. If I have a moniter to make sure I’m staying at a steady heart rate, I’d be able to maintain my pace a lot longer!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  • carla g
    October 20, 2013 at 9:04 am

    I like the Loop. this would be good for me because I want to get back into shape

  • Cheryl F.
    October 19, 2013 at 4:58 am

    I like the FT80 Heart Rate Monitor Integrated Fitness Watch for Strength and Cardio most because of the Smart Coaching features.

  • edna
    October 17, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Activity Tracking with Smart Guidance I liked that it Displays daily activity, calories burned, steps taken, time of day

  • Sindy Murray
    October 17, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I like the FA20 watch because I want to know how much I accomplish during the day!

  • rebecca boster
    October 14, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    FT40 is my favorite, because it has the heart rate moniter that is visual. thank you so much for the chance to win 🙂 bekki

  • shirley
    October 14, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Activity Tracking with Smart Guidance

    This is great it-
    helps you stay active all day long
    gives feedback about your daily, weekly and monthly activity
    displays daily activity, calories burned, steps taken,
    It is nice looking too

  • Denise L
    October 14, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I’d love to have the FA20 which measures the impact 24/7 of your daily activities. I think I get more exercise than I realize just chasing a 4 year old around. I’d love to see how much it adds up to and then know how much actual “exercise” I still need to do 🙂

  • Carmen Van Deursen
    October 14, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Ft4 would be great since I’m a beginner.

  • latanya
    October 14, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Activity Tracking with Smart Guidance
    it will help to improve my heart rate

  • Masooma F
    October 14, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Love the CS300 monitor for cycling! I’ve recently started to incorporate stationary cycling into my workouts becuase it feels like I burn a lot more calories on it. This would be wonderful in helping my measure not only my heart rate but also the amount of calories I am burning and will keep me motivated to finish the entire hour long workout!

  • REK981
    October 14, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I like the FT4 and the Loop activity tracker!

  • Jessamine D.
    October 13, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    I like the FT60 Heart Rate Monitor so I can see if my weekly workout routine is effective for me and if I am meeting my goals for the week. 🙂

  • Dawn Monroe
    October 13, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I like the 24/7 activity moniter.

  • Heather!
    October 13, 2013 at 1:30 am

    I like the Loop! It’s slim and sleek, so can be worn every day without being too obvious, and tracks enough information that it really gives an accurate picture of my activity levels throughout the day and week. Very useful info!

  • Shana
    October 13, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Designed for Fitness Cycling & Cross Training
    I can only swim or bike because of feet & back injury so this one would fit my lifestyle

  • Jessica Wyatt
    October 12, 2013 at 2:04 am

    I love that it’s a mobile heart rate monitor so that you can watch and make sure you are staying within your target heart rate (not too slow, not too fast….I would use it to lose weight!). My husband would probably steal it though. 🙁

  • Kayla
    October 12, 2013 at 1:52 am

    Their RC3 GPS Watch because I’d love to know real-time data and mileage about how far I run and how much working out I do. Plus, I love the stunning design it offers!

  • Dianne Hall
    October 12, 2013 at 1:28 am

    unique 24/7 activity measuring! This would be great for everyday use because it guides and leads you to a more healthy, active lifestyle! It tells you if you are improving your health and fitness. Everyone could use this- not just runners!

  • Emi
    October 10, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    I like the FT60 with heart rate monitor. So often I am wasting my time at the gym by underexercising and this will keep me pushing my limits without looking weird or bulky.

  • Nannypanpan
    October 9, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    I like ft2 cause it’s for beginners like myself

  • Katie L
    October 9, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I like the heart rate monitor

  • andie
    October 9, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    I like the “GPS-Enabled Watch for Strength and Cardio.”

  • Sacha Schroeder
    October 9, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    I need the RC3 GPS GPS Sports Watch because I am training for a 5K and running with my phone in my hand to track time, etc. I could also use the coaching features on this watch!

  • Patricia
    October 9, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    I’ve had my eye on one of these. Would love to have it. I like the FT4.

  • Natalie S
    October 9, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I love the RC3 GPS GPS SPORTS WATCH – I think this would really motivate to lose the 15 lbs I’ve gained from my 1st baby 5 year ago!

  • Stephanie Phelps
    October 9, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I would love to have the FT7 Integrated Fitness Watch with Heart Rate because I am just starting out!

  • Ginny
    October 8, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Was there any other color to pick if they had pink?! Way to keep up your workout routine when pregnant. I had to stop running at about 5 months with Charlie. It was a bummer. I’m still not back to my best times and he’s 5 months old. I’ve sort of had to adapt and do other stuff in the meantime too.

  • amanda onstott
    October 8, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    definitely the FT4!!!! love it & have been seeing them all over the place on Instagram!

  • Diana Stanhope
    October 8, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    I love the heart rate monitor. I am really, REALLY bad with numbers and I could use a tool like this to make sure I am hitting my target zone. I would love to be able to maximize my exercise effort.

  • Daisy
    October 8, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    FT2 to Achieve my Fitness Goals

  • ColleenMarie
    October 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    I Like the smart coach, and community aspects of the website. Helps to keep you accountable which is my problem.

  • Nicole Brady
    October 8, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I have a Polar HRM. Haven’t used it much lately because my personal trainer said I was using it as a crutch instead of a tool. Agreed. I took it off and quit freaking out about what my heart rate got up to. But I miss the details and being able to look back at a workout and see what my heart rate did so I’ve considered wearing it again. However, given the choice of a new one, I would opt for one with GPS. Everyone swears by their iPhone app (I’ve tried several) but even running side by side with my husband running the same app, our numbers never match. Drives me crazy. I want a watch with GPS. With training features and a HRM would be a bonus. RC3 GPS or FT80!