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#1 3 years ago

Does anyone else use them, and how do they find them?

I got a MS Band cause it was really cheap but it has lots of great tech in it. I find the sleep tracking really useful, as I do the other info such as steps, calorie calculating and heart rate monitor.

Does anyone else find when using a heart rate monitor on one of these that it tends to fluctuate a bit like by around 10bpm or so from one minute to the next?


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#2 3 years ago

Heart rate can change for a multitude of different reasons.  People who don't sleep a lot tend to get higher blood pressure, you may have just finished a cup of coffee, you may have just come up a flight of stairs, or you may just be stressed vs calm from moment to moment at your job.


I'd say though if you're into some kind of regimen, it's a good idea to have a monitor.  Pretty much any increase in exercise or change in diet recommends a visit with your GP so as to make sure you don't kill yourself running 5 miles when there are safer options that help you build yourself up to that point if that's your goal.  As far as calorie counting, you can easily do that with a phone app. There's obviously more to weight control and heart health than just calories.  Carbs get burned before fat and, in starvation mode, muscle gets burned before carbs.  Generally, you want to have a healthy intake of protein to preserve muscle mass while keeping carbs around no more than 50mg per day.  That way, the body starts to power itself through fat cells for energy.  I don't know if most of those devices measure that.

It's...difficult to keep this up on a day-to-day basis when we're constantly busy, and if/when I find a way to make it work I'll let you know tonguez.gif



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#3 3 years ago
Posted by Adrian Ţepeş

Heart rate can change for a multitude of different reasons.  People who don't sleep a lot tend to get higher blood pressure, you may have just finished a cup of coffee, you may have just come up a flight of stairs, or you may just be stressed vs calm from moment to moment at your job.


I'd say though if you're into some kind of regimen, it's a good idea to have a monitor.  Pretty much any increase in exercise or change in diet recommends a visit with your GP so as to make sure you don't kill yourself running 5 miles when there are safer options that help you build yourself up to that point if that's your goal.  As far as calorie counting, you can easily do that with a phone app. There's obviously more to weight control and heart health than just calories.  Carbs get burned before fat and, in starvation mode, muscle gets burned before carbs.  Generally, you want to have a healthy intake of protein to preserve muscle mass while keeping carbs around no more than 50mg per day.  That way, the body starts to power itself through fat cells for energy.  I don't know if most of those devices measure that.

It's...difficult to keep this up on a day-to-day basis when we're constantly busy, and if/when I find a way to make it work I'll let you know tonguez.gif


No but I mean it literally bobs around by around + to - 5bps from moment to moment, not just as and when something happens.

I'll show you;




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#4 3 years ago

I think it may be because you are looking at it and worrying about it


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#5 3 years ago

I feel calm enough looking at it.

I know that my heart rate there isn't a bad one, it's just I wonder why it fluctuates. The pulsing heart shows the beats and they seem regular enough.


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#6 3 years ago

Those things are not very accurate, they normally use an indirect measurement (change in skin reflection of light). The mean value is probabably somewhat accurate, but you may see a bunch of weird outliers. The accuracy will probably drop quite a bit when you actually start moving around.




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#7 3 years ago
Posted by MrFancypants

Those things are not very accurate, they normally use an indirect measurement (change in skin reflection of light). The mean value is probabably somewhat accurate, but you may see a bunch of weird outliers. The accuracy will probably drop quite a bit when you actually start moving around.

Yeah it seems to be ballpark accurate, good enough for me, it certainly rises and lowers as one would expect, but I guess I shouldn't worry too much about anomolies.


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#8 3 years ago

I am glad I do not have a heart rate monitor.


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