Naked Workout

It was finally time for a new battery in my heart rate monitor. For most of this year I’ve had a little battery sign on my watch and I kept procrastinating on getting the battery replaced because the idea of being without it for long didn’t appeal to me.

There was also another issue: I needed my HRM to stay waterproof and replacing the battery meant it wouldn’t be waterproof. I found a solution. This place could replace the battery AND make it waterproof again. Score! So that meant that my workouts for the next week or two will be naked


That meant I had to just guess on my calories burned at the gym. The good news: my routines are pretty standard and I burn a consistent amount so it was okay. I ran a great 4 miles on the treadmill (which was good because I’d been sore and limping for days because of lunges).

I don’t really rely on the calories that the machines tell me I burned because they are usually off. Now I don’t really have a choice. After my run I worked on abs and triceps (kickbacks).

My workout was sweaty and productive but it felt weird not knowing what my heart rate was, or how many calories I was burning. Several times I looked at my wrist to check my heart rate and then felt like a dork because I saw this:

No watch. Grrr.

Workout Stats:
Time: 1:42
Calories Burned: 500? 

Despite not having my HRM I enjoyed my workout and went home in a fairly good mood. When I got home I saw this:

A fire in the fireplace! I love that. It’s the best part of Fall. For dinner we had pork chops and steamed broccoli.

After dinner I wanted dessert but nothing appealed to me. I didn’t really want chocolate or candy, I just wanted something carby and sweet. So I toasted an English muffin with cinnamon and a little sugar/splenda blend.

It definitely satisfied my craving for sweet and carby. It was nice relaxing next to the fire.

QUESTION: Do you workout “naked” without your heart rate monitor or garmin devices?

About Lisa Eirene
About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

11 thoughts on “Naked Workout

  1. Beth @ Beth's Journey

    For a while there, every single workout I did was using either my Polar, Garmin, or both. Now, I try to use my Polar when I work out at the gym, and only use my Garmin for races and not just every day runs. I find I get too focused on my pace/heart rate and it kind of takes the joy out of working out for me. Sometimes though, like this morning when I wore my Polar, it helped me a lot because my heart was POUNDING even though I didn’t feel like I was working that hard for part of it. It helps to know what your body is doing for sure!

    1. Lisa Eirene Post author

      A little part of me DID just enjoy running and not focusing on how many calories I burned. There are many times where I’ll feel really good about my run and then check the calories and feel deflated. Like if I hadn’t burned a certain amount, the run somehow wasn’t good enough??

  2. Samantha

    I always work out without a device but not becuase I want to but because I can’t find one here in France. I have tried ordering them off of amazon but they say they are no available in to ship to my address. 🙁
    I can’t wait to move home and buy one right away!
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  3. Lori

    I don’t work out with anything anymore. I used to have a heart rate monitor, but I stopped wearing it a couple years ago. I had one of those GoWear Fit things, which I really liked, but then I just decided I didn’t need it anymore. I ballpark calories burned now and I probably am pretty close.

    I miss our fireplace! We had one in our old house and I loved it!
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  4. Deb

    I go “naked”… I sort of use the HRM built into the machines at the gym but I don’t follow it very well. Just kind of peek at it when I get going good and again towards the end of things.

    For a while I did seriously considering buying one that would track calories burned and all that though.
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    1. Lisa Eirene Post author

      The machines can be a good guide for estimating. I prefer using my HRM over those because it’s more accurate, and it means I’m not stuck in the gym…I could go for a bike ride/hike/run outside and know how many calories I burned.


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