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Get in Gear: Fitness Monitor

Want to monitor your heart rate during a workout but can't stand the chest strap or touching the sweaty sensors on the cardio machines at the gym?

The Mark of Fitness MF-180 ($67.95) is a continuous reading chest-belt-free exercise heart rate monitor that allows easy, accurate and reliable determination of calories burned. The semi-glove design with base of finger sensing makes it look like something out of transformers, but would be ideal for anyone who does not like the chest strap. Since it doesn't use a transmitter, it's free from the interference problems. This is really cool since when my husband and I run together I often look down at my watch and freak out because my heart rate is at 250, a result of my monitor picking up his signal. If you have a hard time keeping in your target heart rate zone, the MF-180 has an out of zone alarm, to let you know if you need to pick it up or slow it down.

For me, the glove design seems a little cumbersome, but I am one of the few that loves my chest strap. Interested? Buy it from

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