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  1. Two words: JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE!!!!!!
  2. I've got the Polar RS200. It's fantastic- has all the features I wanted. It gives time spent in 3 preset zones, calories burned, great interval and lap features. It specifically for runners, and cost about $200 Canadian. The chest sensor can detatch from the band and you can buy bras that the sensor fits in so you don't have anything around your back to chafe.
  3. Hi there, I used to go to Bikram Yoga (hot yoga) all the time. It's really great, once you get over the heat. It takes a couple of classes to adapt, and don't feel bad if you have to lie down in the middle of class because you're feeling dizzy or nauseous. It will pass. You should take a very large water bottle with you as well as 2 towels and your yoga mat. Place one towel over your mat- that protects your mat from the sweat drops. You can use the other towel to wipe away sweat during the class. YOU WILL SWEAT like never before. The heat really helps you to get into postures that you can't normally. Let us know how it goes. I really liked it, but it just got expensive.
  4. What has really helped me with the "dreadmill" is to watch music DVD's. You can rent them from Blockbuster, and they're great. Normally they're a concert. If you're a Green Day fan, definately try Bullet in a Bible- the time absolutely flies by when I have that on.
  5. Hi there, I have the Polar S210 and I absolutely love it. It's more expensive than some of the others ( approximately $130 Cdn) but it has great features. I can set zones with a little beep that tells me when I am going from one HR zone to the other. It gives me my time in each zone at the end of the workout, as well as max and average HR. It also gives me my calories burned, which is fairly accurate as its based on my age, sex, height, weight and measured max VO2. If you're a runner or triathlete this is a good one.
  6. I always use my HR monitor for longer runs and use the calorie count as 1 point per 100 calories burned. You can also roughly use 1 point per mile as a guide if you're my build (sorry, I don't know about your build). If you're using a points booster, you would be safe to use in the middle of moderate and high intensity. Hope that helps.
  7. The great thing about spinning classes is that you really can work at your own rate. Every bike is individually controlled for resistance, so your first few classes you can use small amounts of resistance and increase as you get fitter. No one can tell, so you don't have to feel shy about it. Spin classes are great exercise and a lot of fun if you get a good instructor. Good luck with it.
  8. I agree that you should go with the HRM. I don't know about your particular model, but with mine, I entered my height, weight, sex etc., so its alot more accurate than a machine. Good luck with it!!
  9. I steam them for 3-4 minutes, salt them and they're good to go. Delicious!!!
  10. Hey Sweetkisses, I do triathlons, and I started swimming as a necessary evil. Now I enjoy it. I find swimming very relaxing, and a fantastic change from swimming and biking which impacts alot. I've gotten into the lake for a few swims already this year, and I enjoy that even more than pool swimming, which tends to get boring for me. Good luck with your swimming. It's a fantastic, all-body workout.
  11. Hi there, I have a Polar as well- I think the model name is S220 or something like that. I love it. It gives me my times in my different HR zones, max HR, avg HR and calories burned. I find it very motivating to find out how much I burned during the exercise, and I need the time in zones for my training program. Nike and Timex also make some nice HR monitors. The only problem with my Polar is that it is unisex, so the watch portion is pretty big. Other than that, I love it.
  12. Hi Elizabeth, I switched over to triathlon 2 years ago, and I've done a couple of sprints, a half Ironman and an Ironman. I'm no expert, but I'll try to help. First of all, getting into the pool is a great start, particularly since you're rehabbing. Remember that you can always water run as well to get some cardio if you can't run. To start, you might want to aim for 1 workout session each week for each sport, plus weight training. If you're used to higher volume, you could do 2 workouts each. The important thing in triathlon is managing your schedule to get everything in. You'll probably want to invest in a good pair of bike shorts. Since you're intending to do sprint triathlon, you might want to consider tri-shorts, which you can wear swimming, and then jump onto the bike with them, and then run in them afterwards. They aren't as padded as regular bike shorts, but they have light padding and are very comfortable. You could buy them at any good bike store. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask. Good luck with it, Diane.
  13. Hi Renee, Take care of your neuroma, and make sure its healed before you start running again. I made the mistake of running through the pain in my foot, and ended up having surgery to have the neuroma removed. The good thing is that I'm now 100%, after 2 years of constant foot pain. You might want to see if a cortisone injection will help the inflammation. I've had friends with good luck with a cortisone as long as the neuroma hasn't progressed too far. Good luck with it.
  14. I don't know the exact physiology behind it, but a low resting HR is a good thing. My resting HR is 46, but my max HR is 190, which is alot higher than other people my age. Everything is individual. Even though I have a low resting HR, my HR rises to 140 within a minute of starting to run. I don't think my heart is working any harder than someone else who is at the same intensity, but has a HR of 125. Good question though- it makes me think!!!! Diane.
  15. You need to figure out what your max HR is in order to determine intensities. Your resting HR doesn't help. You can do a quickie formula of 220- your age to get your theoretical max HR, and then take percentages of that for the different intensities. ie, if you are 30, your theoretical max is 190, so exercising at 60-70% would be 114-133. This is only a very rough estimate of your max HR. If you want to figure out your real max, you can do a test on a track or treadmill where you monitor your HR over 6 minutes of max effort. It's more accurate, but the formula gives you a good start.
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