Yesterday my IronMan Triathlon Heart Rate Monitor arrived. I won it on Cranky Fitness. Check out the link to the left. I can’t figure out how to embed links in my posts.
Anywho, I managed to figure out how to set the time and date, how to wear the heart rate monitor strap and to see my heart rate on the monitor. It is pretty cool. I wore it this morning during my work out. Now what I have to do is figure out what my optimal work out range is, and use all the other features this doodad comes with. It has a USB thingy that will allow me to download my work out stats and track my progress.
The thing that I will have to keep in mind, as Bob reminded me, is that I am on a beta blocker. I am not on a high dose, it is very low in fact. But when I became sick at the end of my pregnancy, one thing that stuck around afterward, besides Cooper, was the high blood pressure. I will be on this medication for the rest of my life. But it may keep my heart rate from going as high as it might if I was not on it. So I am going to need to keep that in mind when figuring out my target heart rate.
According to a website that helps you figure out your target heart rate zone, if my resting heart rate is 65, which is probably a bit low, taking my age subtracted from 226 (for a somewhat non-fit individual vs. a fit individual) then my zone is 100 to 182. Today the maximum rate I saw my heart rate reach was 156. So I guess I am in the zone. We shall see how things go. This gadget is cool!
But who knew I would have to do all this math to get fit.