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Mio Drive Heart Rate Monitor
The Mio Drive heart rate monitor is a strapless heart rate monitor with ECG accurate measurements. It is the second model in the Eurofit series of heart rate monitors, the other ones being Mio Breeze and Mio Motiva. It does not have a chest strap transmitter and requires that you put two fingers on the sensors on the wrist watch to measure your heart rate. Hence it measures heart rate on demand, rather than continuously.
The Mio Drive is one model up from the Mio Breeze model.
Note that there is a variant for smaller wrists: Mio Drive Petite. The Mio Drive Petite has the same features as Mio Drive.
The main features of the Mio Drive heart rate monitor are:
- Strapless (no chest strap), on demand heart rate monitoring
- Heart rate displayed as beats per minutes and percentage of your maximum heart rate (calculated using your gender and age)
- Calories consumption during exercise calculated based on age, gender and weight and heart rate readings. It is also added to a cumulative total which you can reset whenever you want to.
- Countdown timer, countdown timer with repeat, dual (walk/run) timer
- Stop watch (count up timer), countdown followed by count up timer
- Basic time keeping: time, date, daily alarm
- Battery user changeable
- Interchangeable watch band
Note: The features in bold above show the features found in Mio Drive but not in Mio Breeze.
The other variant of Mio Drive is the smaller Mio Drive Petite as shown below.
Interestingly, you can use the timer in 5 ways:
- Countdown to zero and stop
- Countdown to zero and repeat
- Dual (Walk/Run) timer
- Stop watch (count up timer)
- Countdown followed by count up timer
The Countdown to zero and stop timer is the simplest. When the timer counts to zero, it beeps twice and that is it.
With the Countdown to zero and repeat timer, the timer beeps when it counts to zero, but then it restarts again and the cycle repeats. You can set the number of repetitions.
The Dual timer is useful for interval training. You set 2 timers of different durations, say one for 3 minutes (for walking) and the other for 2 minutes (for running). When you start the timer, you walk. When 3 minutes is up, it beeps and you start to run. After you have run for 2 minutes, the timer beeps again. And you begin to walk. And so the cycle repeats. You can set the number of repetitions.
The stop watch is the usual stuff. You start the timer when you exercise and you stop when you are done. Simple.
Countdown followed by count up timer is a bit unusual. It is useful for say doing a fixed duration warm up, followed by an indefinite exercise period. For example, you may want to do a fixed 2 minute warm up, followed by a run of as yet undetermined duration.
You can buy optional interchangeable watch bands to customize Mio Drive's look, allowing you to choose a color that represents your style.
The Mio Drive heart rate monitor is one model above the entry level Mio Breeze. In addition to on demand heart rate monitoring, it offers calorie counting and has more timer options.
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