The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Polar.
This is the time of year when many of us re-think the state of our health and make fitness goals for the new year. I know I’m in that category! One of the tools that I’m enlisting to help me is the Polar Loop; a fitness device that you wear on your wrist.
As many of you know, I’ve been on a weight loss/fitness journey for over a year now, losing over 100 pounds and keeping it off. But to be honest, I over-indulged a little too much over the holidays and it’s time to get back on track. A few months ago, I tried another wristband activity tracker, but it really didn’t meet my needs. That’s why I was so excited to be selected to try the Polar Loop. Since I started my weight loss effort almost 2 years ago, Polar has literally been at the “heart” of my monitoring. If I didn’t have my Polar FT-7, I’d never know how many calories I was burning in Zumba!
Fast forward to now. Polar has taken the science of heart rate monitoring a step further and made it more convenient with the Loop. A sleek bracelet you wear on your wrist, the Loop gives you information and a snapshot of your daily activity and how you’re progressing towards your activity goal. Making small changes can really add up and have a positive impact on your health and well-being. I know that if I haven’t reached my goal, I’ll get up and move around until I do. You can wear it all the time regardless of the sports/activities you do (even swimming or showering) because it’s waterproof.
Setup was relatively easy. The Loop comes as one long band with a stainless steel buckle; you measure your wrist and cut the length to get the perfect fit. I downloaded the Polar Flow software to my computer and also the Polar Flow app to my iphone, then charged up the device via USB to my computer. That’s also how you sync your data (Note: the above photo also shows the H7 heart rate sensor, which is an optional purchase).
I’ve been wearing the Loop for approximately 3 weeks and overall I really like it. I sync the Loop to my computer and get the full complement of data. In terms of accuracy, the most important thing to me is to be able to track my exercise calories and in true Polar fashion, it does that. The website stores all your training data and provides daily, weekly and monthly views of activity/data. You can use the data to adjust training, make lifestyle changes towards a goal of becoming healthier–it’s amazing. But to be honest, even after repeated attempts, I’ve never had any success getting the iPhone app to sync with my device and store my data.
It’s easy to scroll through the information on your wrist during the day to see your progress (much easier than the Fitbit Flex!) because you get *real* numbers and a real display. When you reach your activity goal, you know it! I also like that the Loop is relatively discreet and looks like just another bracelet I’m wearing–plus it displays the time. The battery stays charged anywhere from 5-7 days.
The Polar Loop has a suggested retail price of $109.95 (heart rate sensor is an additional purchase). You can find more information at Polarloop.com. Is this something that you think would help you achieve your fitness goals? Let me know in the comments!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, written by me on behalf of FitFluential/Polar. While the product was supplied for review, the opinions are all mine. Affiliate links are used in the post.