Smart Health Pro Walker Trainer And More!
PRODUCT: Smart Health Digital Heart Rate Monitor And Pedometer, Strapless, With Stopwatch
Were looking at a 3 out of 5 star watch according to 6 customers.
S-PulseTM Technology – Like A Boss.
What I be geting here mate?
- Pedometer (steps, exercise time, distance (estimate), speed, adjustable sensitivity)
- Calories burned
- Heart rate with programmable zone alerts and percent of max heart rate
- Time of day and date
- Countdown timer
- Water resistant
Does It All Work?
RBC Ed.D thought the pedometer function was very inaccurate and DVJ “DJ27” could not get the key lock to turn off. As such she was locked out of her watch and had to return it.
The other 4 reviewers loved it and got all its functionality to operate to spec.
How I Reviewed This Watch (And All The Others)
When I do a heart rate monitor reviews I follow a tested true method for finding the best information on every watch:
- Read the product page and all the reviews on Amazon (within reason)
- Google search the name of the monitor and read all the top articles google spit’s out
- Find the heart rate monitor’s product page on their parent company’s website (Polar website for Polar watch, Timex website for Timex watch etc) and read their company story, user manual, FAQ and product description.
Now I obviously don’t share every little bit of information I find as that would be ridiculous. I use my experience with heart rate monitors to try and intelligently sift through and present you only the most valuable details.
How Does Strapless Work Anyways?
When reading through the Smart Health website I came across a page describing exactly how their S-PulseTM heart beat sensing technology works (straight of this page on their website):
S-Pulse™ monitor will perform differently on people of various ages, skin types, body types, EKG or electro-cardiogram signal strengths and so on.
In our line of Smart Health watches this measurement is obtained by the watch’s metal sensors. The back metal plate of the Watch is actually a primary sensor that can measure these electronic signals off your wrist. The EKG monitoring is done when you place your fingers from one hand onto the top sensor of the watch attached to your opposite wrist (top sensor actuation varies by model). This creates an electrical loop across your body that the Watch can read
I decided to share this with you because it is such a simple and easy to understand explanation. I am sure you, like me, had a least once wondered how the strapless heart rate monitors (links to all my reviews of strapless monitors) actually worked – well there it is.
Some Tips To Encourage Proper Heart Rate Readings
Another solid list of tips I came across for getting a strapless health monitor (like this one) to read heart rate consistently and accurately is (straight off Smart Health FAQ page):
What if I cannot get a heart rate reading?
If you are having difficulty measuring your heart rate, you may want to try the following steps.
- Make sure the watch is snugly strapped to your wrist. A loose fit makes it more difficult to properly measure your heart rate.
- When touching the heart rate sensor, make sure you are using the soft, flat pads of your fingers, not the tips of your fingers.
- Touch gently with enough pressure to activate the heart rate measure mode. Muscle “noise” from pressing too hard can make it difficult to measure your heart rate.
- Make sure the back metal plate (battery door) of the watch is laying flat on your skin.
- Make sure your wrist and fingers are clean and free from dirt, oils, or lotions.
- Stay still, and relax your arms on a stable surface while taking your heart rate.
- Clean the top sensor and back metal plate with a mild soap and water, or similar cleaning solution.
- Moisten, with water, the pads of the fingers you are using to contact the top sensor on the face of the watch.
- Moisten, with water, the surface between the back metal plate of the watch and the skin on your wrist.
- If the watch was exposed to excessive water/ moisture, such as being in a pool or in the shower, dry the watch before attempting to acquire a heart rate.
The reason I share these tips with you here is because strapless watches have a tendency to not work 100% of the time you press the sensor. I would say very few people would have the same problem if they went through this list. So have a quick read of the list and if you buy this watch or another strapless watch (links to archive page for all my strapless watch reviews) the troubleshooting may help.
In the box with this watch:
- 1 Smart Health Digital walking pedometer and heart rate monitor
- 1 User manual
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