Heart Rate monitor question

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Joined: May 10
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Posted: 21 Aug 2012, 16:17
I just need some clarification!... i've based my exercise/calorie burn information on the estimates on generic calculators or using MFP/Fatsecret for a long time. I finally got a HRM and it seems to calculate my calories burned at a higher rate than any of my other calculators have estimated. I have always low-balled my exercise for fear of under performing and over estimating... should i go by my HRM which is based on what i'm actually doing?

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Posted: 21 Aug 2012, 16:44
whoa! you have the opposite problem I do. FS overestimates compared to my heart rate monitor. I guess, if it's calibrated correctly for your height/weight & taking accurate HR, I'd go by it!

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Posted: 21 Aug 2012, 17:22
@ jess i'm not sure if its from years of always underestimating out of fear and now seeing an actual number? or if something is wrong!.. i've always pushed hard... and i know its hard to calculate on these estimation calculators b/c i do a lot of intervals.. i don't know.. i guess i'll work with it!

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Posted: 22 Aug 2012, 06:48
Go by your heart rate monitor as long as it is calibrated properly to you. Ensure that as you lose weight you let your monitor know. The generic calculators are an average of many whereas the HRM is more specific to you and your HR. What makes one person's HR reach 150 may not make a more fit individual's reach it even though they weigh the same. Stay within your zone and don't go past it...you will burn more fat.

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Posted: 22 Aug 2012, 08:16
thank you preggo!

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