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Heart rate monitor

i want to get a wristwatch style heart rate monitor. The only thing is I dont want the chest strap style because I want to be able to wear it at all times to know my heart rate at all times of the day. Does anybody know a good kind that is just the watch with no chest attatchment? Thanks.

Thu. Feb 16, 2:28am

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you can wear the chest strap all day. It has to have skin to strap contact, so you could easily wear it under clothes. But why do you want to know what your heart rate is all day?

Thursday, February 16, 2006, 3:18 AM

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it is important for a heart rate monitor to have a chest strap. That is how they work. Ones that do not have a strap will not be acurate, or very useful.
I just got mine, and the strap is no more uncomfortable than a bra

I hope this helps

Thursday, February 16, 2006, 10:42 AM

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Actually in some running stores they have heart monitors that strap around your chest that are actually in your bra.
If your going to spend the money on getting a heart rate monitor, then get one that straps around your chest, because like everyone else says, they others are pretty much useless.

Thursday, February 16, 2006, 11:56 AM

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I've been shopping around for one too, and wanted to avoid the chest strap because that could be annoying. I've seen some on amazon that are just the wristwatch, and the way you measure is you put your thumb on the watch to take your heart rate. They were by made Mio i think, and i think there's one by reebok.
But i thought it would be annoying to do that while working out, so i did some research and found this company that makes these bras that measure your heart rate using special fabric, so you dont have to wear a chest strap. You just stick the transmitter in this area in the bra, and there's special fabric that measures the heart rate, and it transmits it to your wrist heart rate monitor. I just got it a few days ago, and it's pretty cool. I have to exchange the bra for a smaller size though, so i haven't used it during a workout yet. Here's the link below. I can report back when i try it.

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Thursday, February 16, 2006, 12:12 PM

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I just got my chest monitor as an addition to my treadmill and tried it out for the first time last night-- it works very well!!! :-)

You need to make sure that you do not make the strap too tight-- just enough to keep it up and prevent it from slipping during the work-out. :-)

I like the fact that it's hands-free and that I can glance down and see how hard I am working--also, I understand that by transmitting the heartrate, the treadmill is supposed to have a function that adjusts the resistance (i.e. speed or incline) automatically if you are working too hard...Haven't figured out how that works, yet.. :-)

But, it really didn't feel much different than a bra strap and did not get in the way-- of course, if you are large-chested then it might be different.

Thursday, February 16, 2006, 5:17 PM

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well the bra sounds like a great idea. Unfortunatly, I am a guy. And dont wear a bra. Although they do sound great for women. I just want to get a strapless heart monitor because I would not like something attatched to my chest all the time. The reson that I want to know my heart rate at all times is because my family has a lot of health problems that have to do with the heart. Including low and fast heart rates. I just want to make sure that my heart rate stays and is maintained steadily. I have seen a few different brand of heart monitors that are just the wristband but I have never seen one that had a thumb area to check your heart rate. All the ones that I have seen your just wear like normall and they detect your heart beat through your wrist. So far I havent read any negative reviews about them. have any of your used them before and know first hand that they dont work as well?

Friday, February 17, 2006, 3:32 AM

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