Pulse. Everyone who’s living has one, but how many of you know your pulse rate or monitor it?
I’d like to think I’m a fit and healthy person. I don’t eat too much junk food and I try my upmost to train at least twice a week at my local Ju-Jitsu club, where we do a variety of cardiovascular, strength and technical workouts including padwork,throwing, exercises (press-ups, sit-ups, etc) and grappling. The only thing which lets me down health-wise is my asthma but I take medication for this. I’ve had asthma since I was 4 years old and I’ve unfortunately never grown out of it like some people have. I rarely suffer badly from it during classes except for the warm-up at the beginning which often triggers it, particularly if the warm-up involves a lot of running. Training in Ju-Jitsu though seems to have improved my asthma, which backs up the theory that exercise, though can trigger it, can also improve it.
I’ve often wondered what my heart rate and blood oxygen levels are, though checking my own pulse via fingers on the neck has never really worked for me. A new piece of equipment has hit the market called Measupro OX100 Pulse Oximeter and I’ll be sharing my thoughts on it in this review.
What is the Measupro OX100 Pulse Oximeter?
The MeasuPro OX100 Pulse Oximeter is a handy piece of kit that tells your blood oxygen saturation levels and pulse rate. It’s quite a small piece of equipment and comes with two 1.5v AAA batteries to power the device, instruction leaflet, a little velcro carry case that can also be attached to your belt and a lanyard so you can hang the device around your neck. The instructions included are in both English and German language and go into detail about the Pulse Oximeter, how to use it, how to repair and maintain it and other safety details.
The OX100 Pulse Oximeter is really simple to use and the battery compartment lid on the bottom of the device is simple to slide off to insert the two batteries. To find out your stats, all you need to do is insert your finger into the Oximeter and press the single button on the topof the device to turn the Oximeter on. You only need to wait a few seconds and your Pulse and SpO2 (blood oxygen saturation) results will be displayed in bright blue LED display text. Sometimes the display will face at the wrong angle depending on which finger you place it on. A press of the button which you used to turn it on with will rotate the read-out display by 90 degrees. Keep pressing the button and it’ll continue to turn 90 degrees until it’s at the right angle in which you can read it. The Oximeter will contstantly read out your stats, so if they change, it will change on the screen. When you’ve finished, you just take your finger out and press the button again to turn it off. If you happen to forget to turn it off after taking your finger out of the device, the Oximeter will stay on for 5 seconds before auto-powering off which helps to save the battery.
Measupro Oximeter Results
The Measupro OX100 Pulse Oximeter is pain-free, comfortable and really easy to use. I find that the display is big and clear enough to read with ease and I can monitor my pulse and blood oxygen levels after workouts at the gym and when I’m resting to keep an eye on how things are progressing and if there’s any reason to be concerned. I normally take the Oximeter to the gym with me in my bag and if I want to monitor my stats when I’m out and about, it easily fits in my jacket pocket or attaches to my belt or around my neck with the lanyard.
More often than not, my SpO2 levels are at 98%, both when resting and after exercise, whilst my resting pulse is usually around 85-95 beats per minute. After exercise, my pulse rate usually rises into the 110-115 bpm before settling down.
The NHS website advises that a resting heart rate of 60-100 beats per minute for an adult is normal, whilst those coninuously over 120 bpm or under 40 bpm could be a cause for concern. The fitter you are, the lower your resting heart rate, so athletes who train in sport regularly will more than likely find their resting pulse at 40-60 bpm. I’m nowhere near that, nor did I expect to be, but at least I have a good indication of where my stats stand and what to look out for when comparing my pulse results in the future.
Blood oxygen saturation results of 95% to 100% are classed as normal, whilst 90% to 95% is considered low but not necessarily something to be concerned about. If blood oxygen levels drop below 90%, then it’s advisable to see a doctor asap. My results are 98% consistently so I’m very pleased with my healthy reading, especially considering my asthma.
The Measupro OX100 Pulse Oximeter is a nifty bit of kit. There’s no longer any need to read your own pulse using your fingers and a clock to time yourself. This device is accurate compared to my self timed judgement. The device feels solid and durable, very high quality with a display that is clear and easy to read. I like the fact you get a little carry case with it and a lanyard, as well as batteries so you can use it straight out of the box without having to source some batteries yourself. The battery compartment is simple enough to slide off, needing no tools or screwdriver, so the set-up time is very quick. With one button on the device, there’s not much to go wrong and anybody can use it, even those who’d usually struggle with technology.
Great for fitness but ideal for anyone who would like to monitor their heart and general well-being, the Measupro OX100 Pulse Oximeter gets a huge thumbs up from me!
Measupro OX100 Pulse Oximeter is available from Amazon.