Polar H7 Bluetooth Smart Heart Rate Sensor Review

Polar H7 Bluetooth Smart Heart Rate Sensor Review

Polar H7 Bluetooth Smart Heart Rate Sensor Review
Polar H7 Bluetooth Smart Heart Rate Sensor Review

Polar H7 Bluetooth Smart Heart Rate Sensor Review

There are a number of devices available to monitor various health metrics while you’re working out. Of all the health metrics that you can measure, monitoring your heart rate is the most important. It is especially important to monitor your heart rate if you want to lose weight or have a heart problem. To maximize your weight loss, you’ll want to get your heart rate to the optimal range and maintain it there.

While there is a trend towards wearing heart rate monitors on the wrist, if you want the most accurate measurements, the best heart rate monitors are worn over the heart with a chest strap. The Polar H7 Bluetooth Smart Heart Rate Sensor is an excellent choice for an over-the-heart heart rate monitor.

Polar H7 Features

The Polar H7 heart rate monitor is able to communicate with your smartphone through Bluetooth 4.0 low energy, so you will need a device that has iOS 7 or higher or Android 4.3 or higher. Bluetooth 4.0 is known as Bluetooth low energy, Bluetooth LE, BLE, or Bluetooth Smart. Bluetooth low energy is geared towards healthcare, fitness, security and home entertainment industries because it is able to provide a long term connection at a considerably reduces rate of power usage. This technology is not compatible with older smartphones, so you will need to verify that your device is compatible.

The Polar H7 used an electrocardiogram (ECG) heart-rate sensor rather than the light-based optical sensors most commonly used in the heart-rate monitors worn on the wrist. The ECG sensors are more accurate and are able to monitor the electrical activity of the heart. Light-based sensors measure the change in the volume of blood to determine heart rate.

The Polar H7 is compatible with a number of apps and gym equipment to provide real-time heart rate monitoring. The H7 also includes a soft fabric chest strap available in XS – XXXL to accommodate most chest sizes. The sensor is worn just below your chest muscles and you will need to moisten the electrodes on the reverse side of the strap before strapping into place.

The Polar H7 is waterproof and can be worn while swimming, but the Bluetooth connectivity would not be available unless you are wearing a Polar watch as well.

Polar H7 Overview

To accurately monitor your heart rate, you’ll need an over-the-heart type monitor like the Polar H7. Your heart rate is the most important metric to monitor, especially if you want to lose weight. The Polar app included with the monitor, or any other fitness app that you may use, can help you determine the optimum range for your heart rate to maximize your cardio and calorie-burning benefits.

The Polar H7 has a replaceable battery and a two-year manufacturer’s warranty.

The Polar H7 Bluetooth Smart Heart Rate Sensor is available on Amazon for less than $60 (click the direct link below) and has a high rating with nearly 3,000 positive reviews.

 Polar H7 Bluetooth Smart Heart Rate Sensor

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Some Exciting Training Methods You Probably Haven’t Heard of That Will Transform Your Training

Some Exciting Training Methods You Probably Haven’t Heard of That Will Transform Your Training

Exciting Training Methods
Exciting Training Methods

Exciting Training Methods

There are several new training protocols out there at the moment that have captured the imagination of the web’s fitness enthusiasts. These include concepts like HIIT and tabata. Kettlebell workouts are big at the moment too.

But these are just two types of training that you can use to mix things up and see better results. And actually, there are many more exciting and alternative ways to train like this that simply haven’t made it into the mainstream.

The great news is that the more of these you learn, the more options you’ll have for your own training and the easier it will be to meet your precise goals. Let’s take a look at some of the more interesting options then…

Cardio Acceleration

Cardio acceleration is similar to HIIT in that you’re combining a form of high intensity exercise with something a little more slow-paced. In this case, you are going to combine intense CV with resistance training. In that way, your routine will be just like any other weight lifting routine but in between sets – when you would normally be resting – you will instead engage in high intensity cardio, whether that’s sprinting or tuck jumps. It’s highly effective at burning fat but it’s also brutal!

Fasted Cardio

Want to get even more bang for your cardio buck? Then try ‘fasted cardio’. This is simply cardio that you perform first thing in the morning – before you have even had breakfast. This way, you train before you have given your body any food and that means you’ll have low glycogen stores and low blood sugar. You’ll therefore be in a much more catabolic state and your body will have no choice but to use your fat for energy. Combined, these factors result in much greater fat burn!

Cardio Finishers

One way to combine cardio and weightlifting is to finish a resistance training workout with a cardio ‘finisher’. A finisher is simply and intense burst of cardio exercise tacked onto the end of your weights work. This is enough to blast a few more calories and to ensure that you’ll use up all the juice left in the tank before you head home from the gym.

Fartlek

HIIT usually means switching between different combinations of rest periods and intensive exercise. Normally, this follows a steady pattern but in fartlek training – which translated literally as ‘time play’ – you have more freedom to try different combinations. You can switch between more than two levels of exercise (sprinting, walking and jogging for example) and you can decide to mix and match them how and when you want to.

MetCon

MetCon stands for ‘metabolic conditioning’ and is essentially what you get when you combine a relatively basic form of resistance exercise with a high intensity approach. The idea is to train your metabolism as much as your muscles, which you accomplish by performing short and focussed bursts of exercise in a structure manner.

Read more in this great ebook: HIIT – high intensity interval training

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How to Learn to Love Running

How to Learn to Love Running

How to Learn to Love Running
How to Learn to Love Running

Hate Cardio? Here’s How to Make it a Part of Your Routine

Some people love running and are absolutely addicted to it.

Everyone else struggles to understand how they possibly got to this point. After all, running is slow, painful, boring and makes you feel sick. What’s to like?

A lot of us want to love running because we know it’s good for us. We want to be fitter, we want to lose weight and we want to spend more time outside. But when we try it, it’s just too unbearable to stick with.

So what can you do to solve the problem and actually get into running properly?

How to Learn to Love Running

The first thing to do, is assess what you’re doing wrong.

In many cases, the problem is that we try too hard to start losing lots of weight right away and to get into shape. We are under the illusion that in order to ‘burn fat’ or improve our fitness, we need to be training at a level that is very uncomfortable.

However, this is very much the wrong way to look at it. After all, when you start running, if it is something you’ve not done regularly before, then you’re immediately adding to your routine and doing more than you did before. You are immediately improving your health and burning more calories than you would otherwise. That alone is enough!

What’s more, is that this is enough to improve your ability to run, which means you can do a little bit more more comfortably in future.

If you head out right now to go for a run and you try to run as fast and as far as you can, then you’ll come back feeling like you achieved something but also feeling completely beaten up by your training and completely in pain.

Instead then, try to go for a run just to enjoy the run. Jog at a pace that feels comfortable and set out to explore the area. Wear comfortable shoes and when you’re ready to come home, turn around and come back.

This is something you’ll now actually want to do again.

Make it Simple

The other thing to do, is to make sure that the type of workouts you’re using are ones that you can easily fit into your routine.

This is the other problem with going for a 40 minute run: 40 minutes is a long time. And it’s especially a long time when you add the extra washing you have to do, the fact you might get lost and the fact that you need to shower and get changed.

Instead, how about looking into a relatively beginner-friendly form of HIIT? HIIT has the advantage of being something you can use anywhere and of being something that lets you burn a lot more calories and improve your health much more in a shorter space of time. This is something you can now conveniently fit into your routine and thus actually stick with.

Love Running
Love Running

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