The road to better health is best traveled in the company of supportive friends, and in this day and age, superior gadgets. This week I had the pleasure of trying out one such amazing piece of technology, the Omron Strapless Heart Rate Monitor. A big name for big performance. But I don’t want to get ahead of myself. Best that I take you through my experience step by step.
Last year I became a Fitfluential Ambassador. Fitfluential is working with some amazing clients in the health and fitness industry. Omron is my first collaboration with Fitfluential Inc in the capacity of Ambassador, which meant I was doubly excited when the Omron Strapless Heart Rate Monitor arrived. I couldn’t wait to get started. I tore open the box as soon as I got in the house and dug out the instructions. (If you want to do something right you should always read the instructions.)
The directions were a small font making it hard to read, but ultimately they were fairly easy to follow. I strapped the monitor on my wrist and activated it with a simple touch of a button. Before my first use I had to set the time, date and also input my weight and my birthdate. This is very important so that the monitor can accurately calculate my calories burned based on my heart rate. How you say? Well, With my age and weight the monitor can determine my MHR, (Maximum Heart Rate). You can figure this out for yourself by subtracting your age from the number 220. In my case that would be 220-41 equals 179. With the MHR I can structure my workout based on my health goals; maintenance, aerobic or anaerobic. Since I am still on my personal weightloss journey my target aerobic heart rate is where I want to live in my workouts, approximately 60-70% of my MHR. This is something I have known for years, but unless I have been on a piece of equipment that can periodically check my heart rate, I have had to guess if the intensity of my workout is actually meeting my goals. Now, I have used heart rate monitors before, but experienced chaffing from the chest strap. Plus my available workout time is very sporadic and sometimes comes in places and moments when I least expect them to. With the Omron Strapless Heart Rate Monitor on my wrist I am always prepared for a maximized workout with minimal interference. So let’s get to it.
Once my monitor was programmed I checked my standing hear rate so I would have a sense of where I was starting from.
Taking my heart rate with the Omron monitor was easy. All I had to do was place my two fingers on the metal areas at the top and bottom of the monitor face. The HR appears with a beep and within a few seconds the number pops up. Once you remove your fingers the display closes out. Simple huh?
Next step was to activate the stopwatch to monitor my workout time. I pressed mode, then chose Chrono, and then pressed start, (ST/SP). And I was off. Now I don’t have any cardio equipment in my house so I have to get my heart rate up the old fashioned way, jumping jacks, karate kicks, squats with a weight bar, and lungs to name a few. It requires a lot of determination because it’s very easy to dial down the intensity, or dial it too far up. Having the stopwatch on my wrist reminding me that I am on workout time was helpful for keeping me on track. Plus I would check my heart rate after every exercise to make sure I was achieving my target heart rate zone. It took some time, but I got the hang of it.
The hardest thing was capturing a picture of my heart rate before the screen disappeared. (Lucky for you that isn’t a necessary part of a good workout.)
Once I established my aerobic heart rate target it was easier to stay there, (but it still took some effort, plus serious concentration and self awareness). Staying there increased my calorie burn. How do I know? Well, it said so right on the face of my monitor!
That’s all there is to it. The Omron Strapless Heart Rate Monitor is an empowering workout tool. It has already empowered my own workout, but it’s also identified a serious weak point. It is clear that I would definitely be getting more bang for my workout effort if I had a piece of exercise equipment that could keep my in my target heart rate zone more consistently and for a longer period of time. Maybe my next Fitfluential review will be of a treadmill or a Treadclimber that I could pair with my Omron Monitor. With Fitfluential anything is possible. Stay tuned.
FitFluential LLC compensated me for this sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.