I have mentioned before during this 5K journey of mine that my father-in-law is a runner. He is a serious runner with all of the gear and gadgets, fancy shoes and training schedules. He is the guy that you don't tell you are training for a race because he would jump on a plane and fly to Texas to run with you.
I am not even kidding.
But if he did find out about this whole 5K deal he would be really proud of my newest running gadget. It is actually one that he owns himself. The Polar FT7.
It may look like a watch, and it does give you the date and time, but its real job description is a heart rate monitor. There are a lot of different ways that you can measure your running pace, but a heart rate monitor will actually tell you how your body is handling that pace. The Polar FT7 has an energy pointer display that will tell you if you are burning fat or if you are improving your fitness and it will alert you when you switch from one to the other to help you stay where you want to be. Whatever your goal is, it will make sure you are running, walking, or cycling at a pace that helps you reach that goal.
The Polar Heart rate monitor is really easy to set up and use. After you have entered your information like age, height, and weight, you are all set to go. You put on the transmitter, a strap that you wear around your chest, start the training computer (aka the watch look alike) and start working out. As long as your workout lasts more than a minute it will automatically store your data. If you want to keep track of your results long term, you can transfer them to polarpersonaltrainer.com where you can create a training program and training targets that will help keep you motivated and allow you to track your progress.
The heart monitor is probably my favorite training device because even though I am running at a slow pace, I know the exercise is doing exactly what I want it to do. I know just how far to push myself to slowly and steadily increase my speed, without pushing myself so hard that I hate running. Slow and steady wins the race, right?
I want one of you to have the opportunity to make the most of your workout with this water-resistant heart rate monitor and watch system. Leave a comment here telling me what your Inspiration to Fitness goal is and you will be entered to win a Polar FT7 Women's Heart Rate Monitor.
Rules: No duplicate comments. You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods: a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry. This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected. The Official Rules are available here. This sweepstakes runs from 2/8 - 2/14.Make sure to stop by to visit the Inspiration to Fitness page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers' reviews, get great fitness tips and find more chances to win! You can also roll over the Best Buy image at the top of my blog to view a calendar of all the Inspiration to Fitness content. Good luck!
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Disclosure - This is a compensated review from BlogHer and BestBuy. I received the Polar FT7 to use for the purpose of this review. All opinions shared are my own.