It’s time you know. I love my Polar FT4 . I wear it EVERY TIME I work out.
The Polar FT4 is a heart rate monitor for fitness (including swimming although I’ve never tried). It tracks and records your heart rate for the duration of a workout and calculates burned calories. You’re looking at 2 components — a watch (displays your heart rate, time, calories, target heart rate) and a heart rate monitor strap that goes around your chest. It is comfortable and easy. It only didn’t work 2 times: 1) when I was mowing the lawn but the constant bending and pushing caused the chest strap to slip out of place; and 2) during a Shred It! class because I was sweating as all get-out and doing a billion jumping jacks.
You’re wondering why. The biggest draw for me is that, at my most diligent, I track my calories on MyFitnessPal and when I work out, I get to eat more. Simple math. Expend energy –> get to consume more energy. Yum. And, for a girl who loves to eat, this is necessary. I. Do. Not. Diet. Also, for fitness purposes, it is helpful to gauge your heart rate elevation depending on your training ex: HIIT (high intensity interval training) vs. LISS (low intensity steady state cardio).
Shop around. Polar FT4 sells it for the cheapest right now but if you buy it from the Polar website, there are more color options. Pink was my only choice when I got it. I’m not a “pink person” but c’est la vie.
It keeps me honest and accountable. Before I wore the Polar FT4, I was deluding myself into thinking that walking to the park and back pushing a double stroller was more of a calorie burner than it is. Wrong. If you’re not sweating profusely for a solid block of time, you’re probably not burning a lot of calories. Of course, any exercise is better than none. Hands down. But I was mis-calcuating my calories. Now I know when I’m getting the most bang for my fitness buck.*Post contains amazon.com affiliate links. Thanks for supporting us!