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Mark Atwood
I was, once again, a lazy slug this morning, not actually getting going until about 3pm.

Once I did get moving, I did get quite a few chores done, including vacuuming. My cats hate it, but I kind of enjoy the process, as I have a "water capture" style vacuum cleaner, and it's very cathartic to fill the bowl with clear water, do a room, and then pour a bowl of sludge into the dumpster. I also pushed several loads of laundry, and did grocery shopping.

On the way back from the grocery store, I stopped at my gym, and did 60m on the elliptical trainer. I had noted in the past that 1l of water is not enough for 60m of work, so this time I brought and filled three 1l bottles. That was just the right amount, 1l every 20m, even tho I was just a bit waterlogged when I was done. But that's better than being dry-throat thirsty, and having the lack of hydration screwing up the painfully developed fat metabolism that I was trying to trigger.

I'm thinking about moving my crosstrainer time to the mornings. Maybe wake up an hour earlier, and do it prior to breakfast and the morning shower. One of the advantages of having my gym so close to my home. (Yes, I know I could do something like bike to work, but I much prefer an EC to a bike for exercise. It feels better, and it's a lot safer.)
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xenologue From: xenologue Date: May 12th, 2003 09:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Fat metabolism and heart rate

Question: Our ECs have heart-rate "monitor" grips on them which even the staff say are totally inaccurate. A higher heart rate during the exercise is obviously better for cardiovascular work; a lower for "fat loss"-- but it's really difficult for me to tell what my heart rate is actually at. Are your machines more accurate or do you just go by a personal estimate of exertion?

fallenpegasus From: fallenpegasus Date: May 12th, 2003 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
It had never even occured to me that the heartrate monitors built in to my gym's equipment may be wrong.

Well, I've been thinking about buying myself a personal monitor anyway...

The computer on the EC machine wants me to keep my heartrate at 121bpm for fat burn, and 131 for cardio. It's hard to stay that low. My "natural" pace drives my heart up to 133, especially when there is some good fast beats on my music box.
jatg From: jatg Date: May 12th, 2003 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

heart rates

I checked my heart rate after a rather strenous bike ride the other day...try 188.
This was on Dad's funky little oxymeter (as seen in hospitals.) Of course I've never been known for having the most regular heartbeat.
I put on an oxymeter when visiting Dad in the hospital and dually amused and horrified the doctors with my heartbeat.
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