# Heart rate and calories burned?

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Can someone give me an easy way on how to calculate my calories burned with my heart rate? I'm looking to buy a HRM but want to know how to use it. I Googled it real quick and found a long paragraph and a complicated math process, LOL. Figured I'd just ask you guys for the info.

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Bump!
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http://www.calories-calculator.net/Calories_Burned_By_Heart_Rate.html
^ i use this site to calculate calories burned since I have a cheap HRM that does not do this process for me.
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I would just buy a HRM that calculates it for you. I have the Polar FT4 and I LOVE it. I got it on bodytronics for about \$50, using the coupon code, "popo".
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There's no calculation needed once you buy an hrm. You simply enter your stats into the watch (height, current weight, sex, etc). It will calculate everything for you. Just be sure to update your weight often in the settings as you lose, because the less you weigh the less calories you burn.
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Thanks. I was checking out cheaper HRM's that don't actually do the calorie counting ( I don't think...) but I might have to check out that HRM with the coupon code!
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Yeah the cheap ones don't calculate it for you.
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I like to use target heart rates with my HRM.
Example:

Fat burning zone is 60-70%

MHR = max heart rate
RHR = resting heart rate
Minimum Target HR = 0.60 x (MHR - RHR) + RHR
Maximum Target HR = 0.70 x (MHR - RHR) + RHR

I like working out in this zone because I can maintain it for 60 minutes or so without exhausting myself. This zone also burns the most fat calories rather than readily available carbohydrates.

Also, the HRM uses simple estimates that ignore your true resting and maximum heart rate. I like to use more specific equations since my max heart rate is really high (220 bpm). The HRM always overestimates my calories burned because of this.
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Thanks. I was checking out cheaper HRM's that don't actually do the calorie counting ( I don't think...) but I might have to check out that HRM with the coupon code!
Polars are great, can't beat that price!
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if you're in the uk there is one at lloyds pharmacy which is fairly cheap and calculates for you
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Best one I've seen is http://www.braydenwm.com/calburn.htm - it's usually within 10% of my polar FT60. It will have a greater margin of error if you don't put in a specific value of vO2max.
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I have a Polar FT4 - it works great and is very easy to use! I don't think they're too expensive if you shop around.
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I have a Polar FT4 - it works great and is very easy to use! I don't think they're too expensive if you shop around.

Just bought that one today and its so easy to use - i got a cheaper one from Argos but to measure your heart rate you had to hold the watch done ( impossible if you are pushing a buggy or on a cross trainer.) You do wear a chest strap but you forget its there after a couple of minutes.
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