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Can anyone recommend a good heart rate monitor and a good pedometer?

By August 1, 2008 - 9:22am
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One of my exercise programs recommends I use a heart rate monitor. Naturally I want to boost my heart health but am not sure where to start in terms of which heart monitor to use. A friend suggested I try a 'ring' or 'finger' monitor, but it didn't fit correctly. I'm also looking for a reliable pedometer. Any suggestions?

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There are dozens of choices, at just as many price points. I've not had a great deal of success with pedometers; however, I just bought one by Gaiam that I have yet to try.

As far as a HRM for fitness, you can find a chronograph with one. Models and prices vary widely. There's a type that gives you a simple reading, basically your heart rate on demand; and there are those that require a band around your chest that sends a reading to your wrist device.

Polar and Timex make fitness watches that combine interval timers, calorie burn calculators and a heart rate monitor. Expect to pay $100+. Mio also makes one that does not require a chest band.

I posted something on this just recently.

As a distance runner, I use a Garmin and a HRM, probably way too much technology for the daily, non-competitive walker.

August 1, 2008 - 4:58pm

I hear these things are a good indicator of how much physical activity a person gets every day so I'd also be interested to learn of a good pedometer too!

August 1, 2008 - 1:36pm
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