Your tips to improve WHR
Hello, do you have some personal tips how to improve WHR while cycling? I tried to have watch 1-2 fingers away from wrist. But still while measuring i have many times too low HR and i am sure that this measurement is incorrect. From the graph included you can see visible parts where HR droped to value around 60. From other years that i was using Ambit 2 with HR strap i know that everythink under 90 can’t be real value as i usually have HR at least 100 and more while cycling.
I know i can’t expect too much from WHR but still this is too much incorrect. I would like to improve this reading as much as possible.
@tomas5 have you tried different arm and/or the inner side of the wrist? Also wearing your watch under the sleeve might help as less light from outside is hitting the sensor.
Overall I too don’t get satisfactory results and only average values tend to be more or less believable.
@дима-мельниченко i tried only left arm yet but i can trie next time inner side of wrist. I have quite lot of hair on arm. I am not sure if this can cause problem too. My average is too low because there is lot of part showing i had hr 60. Usually i had average HR between 120 - 150 depending on how hard ride i had. Todays average 100HR after i was lazy all winter, is totaly off. Next time i will try to compare with my hr strap and ambit 2 so i will know exact difference. Do you have experience if maybe shaving hairs on wrist can improve WRH readings? Today was coldest weather from all my rides with Suunto 5, only around 7 degrees. And HR readings looks worst. So maybe with incomming summer it will improve. I saw in manual that cold weather can lower accuracy.
@tomas5 shaving hair could definetely help out, but the cost is your half-shaven arm. I would prefer to wear a chest strap but you do you.
Yes, cold weather also tends to worsen measurements, but it’s little one can do about it.
You might also try to wear your watch way up your forearm, but it is actually can decrease the accuracy since the watch can slide down easier.
@tomas5 I definitely would advise to use a HR-strap for anything more than walking or hiking. Either an optical one like the polar verity or a chestbelt like Suunto‘s own belt or any other brand. I use a Polar H10 and it’s just great, because you really get reliable data and don’t have to worry all the time if your HR is ok or not - and when it’s cold you could also wear your watch over your pullover or jacket.
I also found that anything like Nordic Walking where you use poles heavily disturbs the optical HR measurement. I would assume that this also happens while riding, where you have a lot of vibrations.
Practicing martial artist I also use it for contact-training where a watch would be too dangerous to hurt the training partner or oneself.
@chrisa I think if you’re holding something, it spoils hr measurement because of muscle contraction. I noticed that while hiking with poles.
Even when walking I find the values too unreliable to track hr, but it’s person dependend.
Actually I’ve seen some reviews of recent polars/garmins/coros and their hr graphs are more than allright. I wonder how come suunto watches produce such unreliable values.
I used HR strap with ambit but mine is only ANT+ and unfortunately suunto droped ANT+ support but maybe i will invest into new one hopefully suunto will not drop bluetooth support in few years and come again with something new just to make people buy again acessory they already have.
Personnaly i use a Polar OH1 on my front arm. It’s work very good.
All up and down are due to the circulation light on my road.
@дима-мельниченко aha yes, that muscle contractions make sense! I also noticed it when training martial art forms where you punch „in the air“ with your hands…
@chrisa it’s more likely inertia of the watch, but I’m no expert.