Thanks to Beets Blu for sending me their heart rate monitor and wireless pager tag to review. As always, the opinions are my own.
When I was young and in great shape, I never gave my heart rate a second thought when exercising and it's a good thing because there wasn't an easy way. As I got older and technology started to improve, there were all kinds of ways to monitor your heart rate at the gym. All you had to do was grab the handles on the bike and it would tell you but I didn't know what it all meant. Now, I understand that there's a direct correlation between heart rate and the ability to lose weight. At my age that's important.
Working out at about 60% to 75% of your maximum heart rate (the so-called “fat-burning zone”) burns fewer calories than working out at 75% to 85% of your maximum heart rate (the so-called “aerobic” or “cardio” zone). At my age, I need to keep my heart rate above 100 to burn fat, something I desperately need to do. I can monitor my heart rate on my treadmill because it's got a built-in monitor, but if I'm walking outside or playing tennis, I can't. That's why I was excited to test the Beets Blu Heart Rate Monitor.
I downloaded the application, strapped on the monitor and paired it via Bluetooth. So simple. It started tracking my heart rate right away and when I went to log out, it saved the session by my activity, so I can go back and see the differences between my heart rate when I walk or play tennis. It's easy to use and for $39.95, it's a steal on Amazon. That's $20 off the regular price and if you have Prime, it's free shipping.
Now, I have to confess that I laughed a little when I got the wireless pager tag. Initially, I planned to give it to my Dad. He's always losing his phone, but now that he has an iPhone 6, he can track it easily. So, I decided to put it on my car keys. I lose them daily. Now, I'm able to find them right away with an alert. So convenient and I'm not longer running around my house freaking out. You can get this little gem for $24.95 on Amazon or buy both products for $64.95.
Do you monitor your heart rate when you work out? What do you use?