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Discussion: Wrist-based?

in: maprunner; maprunner > 2019-06-10

Jun 10, 2019 4:41 PM # 
Cristina:
My experience with the wrist-based HR is that it is definitely not as good as a chest strap. I initially had the same issue with the HR never measuring the higher values and found a big improvement by really cinching down the watch strap, much, much tighter than I normally would. Then I seem to get the full range of values.
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Jun 11, 2019 7:48 PM # 
maprunner:
Yes, wrist-based. I'll try wearing it tighter. I also had problems using the chest strap with my last Garmin. I never seem to have good luck with HR readings....
Jun 11, 2019 10:03 PM # 
bbrooke:
You probably already know this, but the Garmin instructions say to wear the watch below your wrist bone (not the normal place I would wear a watch...).
Jun 12, 2019 12:07 AM # 
peggyd:
My new Garmin (Instinct) has wrist-based HR monitor. I guess I didn't read the instructions about wearing it below my wrist bone, which sounds very awkward and uncomfortable. I've gotten what seem to be realistic readings though, topping out around 170, which I guess is normal for my advanced age. :-p
Jun 12, 2019 12:52 AM # 
maprunner:
I am wearing it above the wrist bone as suggested by Garmin: https://www8.garmin.com/manuals/webhelp/forerunner...
Jun 12, 2019 9:52 PM # 
peggyd:
Okay that makes so much more sense.
Jun 13, 2019 4:00 PM # 
bbrooke:
That's what I meant when I said "below" -- closer to the elbow than where a watch normally sits.
Jun 13, 2019 4:01 PM # 
bbrooke:
(To me, "above the wrist bone" would be closer to the hand...) :-P
Jun 13, 2019 4:15 PM # 
Cristina:
That's because you're a positive person, always waving at people or raising your hand!

I don't know whether above or below makes more sense to me. What would a health professional say, proximal side?

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