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8.8.14

Fitness Friday #1

In the last few months I've really gotten into fitness and working out. Instead of quitting something for lent, I took the other approach and took up something. That something being going to the gym which I stuck with till June. The gym was great and all but it's expensive and awkward to get to when you don't live in the town and I prefer to go with a friend. Two busy schedules are hard to work around. I recently decided to invest in a second hand treadmill from donedeal.ie and I'm so glad I did. Working out at home is a lot more practical and pocket friendly. As I tweet a lot about working out and all that I figured I'd start a new series on my blog 'Fitness Friday'. It probably won't be every week but I asked on Twitter and some of you said you would love to see it so here we are :D
I'm going to start the series off with my favourite workout companion - the polar ft4 watch.
The Polar ft4 watch is incredibly popular in the online fitness world. After seeing numerous people with the watch I decided to invest and I'm very happy I did. I bought mine from Amazon.co.uk but I've heard you can get it even cheaper on ebay.co.uk. The Polar FT4 is a two piece - the watch and the heart rate monitor. Something I didn't know until I had actually opened the box when it arrived (I never read a review on it WEIRD).
The heart rate sensor is an adjustable band which you strap around your upper body close to your heart - obviously. In order to use the monitor you must first wet the strap with a bit of cold water otherwise the signal between the watch and the strap won't work.
As I originally thought the whole thing was just a watch , I was pretty annoyed that I would have to wear the strap but honestly it's so light and comfortable that you forget you're even wearing it. The strap material is nice and soft and moulds itself around your body. I wear it just below my sports bra and I barely notice it during my work out.
Once you have the strap in place you press start on your watch and you're ready to go.
 The watch comes in a few different colours so if pink isn't for you don't worry. The other colours weren't ~girly enough for me (little macho) so I went for pink. I love it, I think it looks really cute and because it doubles as an actual watch it doesn't look out of place for normal day to day wear.
The watch is incredibly smart. It tracks your heart rate, calories burned, the length of your workout and whether or not you're in your fat burning zone. When you finish your workout it saves all this in the sub menu 'data' under the date you worked out. I like being able to go back and check out previous workouts to make sure I'm pushing myself enough and improving my performance each time I workout. I also think the watch is incredibly accurate because when you first set it up you insert your height, weight, age, gender etc so unlike the trackers on the exercise machines it knows 'you'.
I've also read that the watch is water resistant so if you want to use it to track your swims you can. I can't swim so sadly I will never know.
Overall I really enjoy using this watch and never fail to use it for a workout. If you're looking for a heart rate monitor watch I would highly recommend this one. It's simple to use, looks great and tracks all your workouts so you don't have to. Perfect.
Have any of you used this? What did you think? Comment below.
x
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6 comments:

Louise said...

This looks amazing! I have never heard of this watch before but like you have recently been working out a lot more so this looks like a great investment. Thank you! x

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Louise said...

This looks amazing! I have never heard of this watch before but like you have recently been working out a lot more so this looks like a great investment. Thank you! x

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Ellie Burns said...

this is well snazzy! can't believe how much it does x

Sarah Rizaga said...

wow, havent heard of this too, im loving it already!

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Sarah Rizaga said...

wow, havent heard of this too, im loving it already!

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Francesca | On-TheBias said...

Oh, that's so funny, I'm in the process of reviewing mine as I type this comment, such a coincidence!
I've never met another girl who couldn't swim (okay, so we haven't technically met, but still...), so I'm pretty excited about that revelation ha xx

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