I made a commitment several months ago to live a healthier lifestyle. Along with eating the right foods and cutting down on my caffeine intake, I also made a commitment to myself to be more active. I knew that an activity band would be a helpful too to gauge the amount of activity I was currently getting.
An activity band is part of an emerging segment of wearable technology. Activity bands can be used by someone who would like to simply be more aware of how much activity they are currently doing or for the more avid fitness warrior who would like to track their training sessions and monitor the intensity of their workouts. Activity bands generally track things such as steps taken, calories burned, and how active you are throughout the course of the day.
I read many reviews on some of the more popular activity bands and there were more than a few top bands to choose from such as the Nike + Fuelband SE and the FitBit Force. However, I wanted an activity band to do more than being a hi-tech pedometer. This is when I ran across the Polar Loop.
Polar, unlike many of the other manufacturers of fitness bands, has been an industry leader in fitness technology. They are experts in sports physiology and fitness technology. Their products are used by athletes and fitness enthusiasts around the globe.
The Polar Loop is similar to other activity bands. It has the capability to measure your total activity at all times, including while you’re asleep. It will track your total calories burned including times when you are less active. It also tracks the number of steps you take throughout the day. It also acts as a wristwatch, eliminating the need to wear multiple devices on your wrist. In combination with the Polar Flow app (currently only available on iOS and select Android devices), it will notify you when you have been inactive too long. There is also a daily activity goal that visually nudges you (in the image of a battery being refilled) If you haven’t reached your goal, the Loop will tell you how many minutes of jogging, walking, or standing you need to reach the goal. When paired with the Flow app, it will also tell you how many minutes of a specific activity (like dancing or golf, or jump roping – just to name a few)to reach the goal. It comes in three different colors and costs around USD $109.
The Loop reaches its full potential when it is paired with one of their Smart Bluetooth heart rate monitors, such as the H7. When the heart rate monitor is attached, the Loop eases into training mode as you begin your workout. The device actively tracks calorie burn based off of your heart rate. It will do this until the heart rate monitor is removed from your body. Note: Be sure to detach the HR monitor from the strap since it is possible for the loop to get false readings from the HR monitor.
If you are in the market for an activity band that does more than just count your steps, give the Polar Loop a try.