Monitoring heart rate

At work we have a pretty nice little gym: treadmills; ellipticals; spin bike; free weights; weight machines; big TV and area to do yoga or P90X or whatever you want. Most of the cardio machines have a TV or some sort of media attached.

The guy at work who designed the gym (and took suggestions from me!) hosted a training session the other day to go over the AV equipment.

He showed us how to watch TV on the machines and control the channel changing. He also showed us how we can listen to our own music or watch videos from our iPhones or iPods.

The guy who sold my company the equipment came in to show us some tricks on the machines and answer any questions we had. He gave us some great tips, too.

The best one for me was about our heart rate. He told us how to figure it out. Take 220 and subtract your age. That number is your maximum heart rate.

I am almost 37 (so I am using that age for this). My maximum heart rate is 183. I was advised that you should try to maintain your cardio heart rate at 60% to … Continue reading

Mall walking great alternative in summertime

Guest Post: Erica

As you know, from a previous post, I loved to spin but chose to stop fairly far along in my pregnancy. I had to keep my heart rate below 140 and that pretty much meant sitting on my butt and slowly peddling along. It wasn’t fun so I decided to put spin on hold until Baby O arrived.

Between then and now I walked a bit, did prenatal yoga and whatever I could when I mustered up the energy (third trimester lethargy ya’ know).

Baby O (aka Finn) arrived July 7 and since then I have been dying to get out of the house and do something physical. It is “fry an egg on the sidewalk” hot here (we live in Phoenix) so we can’t walk outside unless we go around 5:30 a.m. So Finn and I have taken to mall walking. At first I was skeptical, but I have been converted.

It is not as nice as walking outside or having a destination, but it is nice to be able to get some exercise (albeit not too strenuous when walking behind lollygaggers) without overheating. I was surprised to see so many mall walkers in the middle of the … Continue reading