1. I say, that was a jolly good workout

    Tonight’s workout:

    • Walked to the park (warm up, ~10 minutes)
    • Jogged & speed walked around the park for ~40 minutes (temporarily interrupted by cramp)
    • Jogged half way home, fast-walked the rest of the way home
    • Rested for ~5 minutes
    • Did punching bag for 20 straight minutes (primarily boxing-esque jabs, but also a fair amount of dancing (fancy foot work), bobbing & weaving, & various other strikes).
    • Rested for ~10 minutes.
    • Jumped rope as much as possible for as long as possible (sadly I made it only ~10 minutes while my goal was 20).

    Punching bag note:  My arms basically died at one point so I spent a few minutes on practicing some extra foot work around the bag.

    It now hurts to walk around the house. ;) edit: I can stand again!

    Hear rate Info:  Min 92 BPM, Average 141 BPM (seriously?!? okay..), Max 172 BPM

    My heart rate monitor says that a total of 556.7 kCals were burned in all of the above.  This is probably because I got one beastly cramp so I had to stop & stretch again, then tried jogging again but got the cramp again and had to stretch again.  I was able to get back into things after this.

    My goal was to burn 800 kCals tonight.  I aimed high partially to push myself and partially just to see if I could do it.

    (post edited for a quick grammar fix-up)

  2. Pure Cardio Insanity Workout + Heart Rate Info & Look @ HRM Software

    EDIT: My resting heart rate is down to 72 BPM.  Apparently it just took me awhile to chillax after tonight’s work out. ^_~

    This evening I did the Insanity Pure Cardio work out.  That is one killer work out, but I’m quickly learning that they’re all going to be killer work outs.  To say that this thing busted my butt is an understatement. :)  Good stuff.

    I also used my heart rate monitor for the first time this evening.  According to several different websites that I’m checking, I should have a target heart rate of between 150 to 185 BPM during exercise, with 150 BPM being the goal (and 185 is seriously hardcore).

    (link: here’s one website that I’m using: http://www.exercise.com/tools/target-heart-rate-calculator)

    I manually counted my resting heart rate, and my RHR is 72 BPM. (original post: seems to be high at between 86 and 89 BPM.  I did exercise this evening so perhaps there’s still some affect from that, but I’ve since showered and I’m sitting in my bedroom.  At any rate, this is what I’m counting at the moment.  I’ll check again sometime tomorrow.)

    According to my Pyle Sports PHRM26, my heart rate during tonight’s Insanity work out had a minimum of 100 BPM, a max of 177 BPM, and an average of 150 BPM.

    From what I’m seeing from these various interactive calculators, an average BPM of 150 is right at the sweet spot for me.  It’s also very good to know that the Pyle HRM works.  You can understand that I was a bit skeptical when I first saw these numbers reported.  177 BPM seems really high!

    Here are some screen shots from the Pyle Sports HRM software that comes with the device:

    If you can read the image you’ll notice that it claims 0.9 calories were burned during this evening’s exercise.  I had forgotten to enter my age, weight, height, and other vital stats into the device so it was unable to calculate anything.  I also don’t expect it to accurately count my steps during an Insanity work out. :)

    Anyway, I thought that some of you may find it interesting to have some numbers to work with, plus a look at the HRM software could be interesting?

  3. Heart Rate Monitors

    All this time, and I still hadn’t picked up a heart rate monitor.  They seemed like an expensive extra that wasn’t very necessary.

    My attitude toward them has changed now that I’m trying to work off the rest of my gut.  Eating is, by far, the most challenging aspect of a healthier life-style.  The exercise is easy to get up and do.  Choosing healthier food and the correct amount of calories is proving to be a considerable chore for me.

    So I went looking for an inexpensive calorie counter, and I had a surprisingly difficult time finding one.  The only HRMs (heart rate monitors) that had over all decent reviews were at least $50, but those, too, had mixed comments.  The $100 and more products seemed to have generally favorable reviews, but there’s no way that I want to spend that kind of money on an HRM.

    What I finally decided on was the Pyle Sports PHRM26 for a palatable $36 (plus free shipping).  It has some nasty reviews, but some of those reviews seem to be from people who were unable to follow the instructions.  I’ll keep my fingers crossed. I did throw in some Electrode Gel, which is supposed to help these devices function better.

    Too bad it’s not something that can be worn during karate class.  I’d be very curious to see a report on those two hours.

    I should get it in a few days, and I’ll be sure to write some quick comments about it after I’ve used it for the first week.  Wish me luck.  From the reviews, I just may need it! :)

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