depoetayloco asked: heart rate monitors: cost a pretty penny. i don't have very many pretty pennies. is there a more inexpensive (and simultaneously accurate) way to calculate calories burned?
Good question. The only alternative that immediately came to me when I read this is your mind. You’re probably thinking, “Huh? My mind?”. That’s right, your mind. Fortunately for me, the University of Pittsburgh has one of the leading researchers on this topic in the nation. Robert J. Robertson has spent most his career as an exercise scientists studying ratings of perceived exertion. In simple terms, this is a rating of how much effort you mentally feel you are exerting during exercise. I know this seems all psychological, and it is, but it has been shown in many articles that it directly correlates to heart rate. The more a person is experienced at running, the better a person can accurately predict their heart rate. The ratings usually come from a Borg Scale, such as the one described in this article. All it takes is using your mind, and that’s always free (financially speaking).
All the best,