**The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Polar. All opinions are my own.**
Is anyone else in shock that tomorrow is 2014? Growing up, I figured we’d all have flying cars and robotic maids by now. That’s going to happen soon, right? I mean, I want to be a Jetson. There is one new addition to my life that’s making me feel rather futuristic, though. My new Polar Loop. I jumped at the chance to review one, because I love the brand’s heart rate monitors. While I still adore my FT40, I think the Loop is freaking brilliant. I couldn’t wait to charge it up and test it out.
Love at first charge. When you purchase the Polar Loop, you receive the bracelet and charger. The bracelet itself actively and accurately records and monitors your activity throughout the day. It’s designed to be worn 24 hours a day and provides useful feedback based on your movement. It doesn’t just track your steps. It doesn’t just display facts and numbers. It’s created to guide you, motivate you, and help you make the most of your day.
Now, before I get started on the review, I’d like to mention that there is a little work involved before you can actually use your Loop. You have to use the included ruler and tool to trim and size your bracelet. I actually liked doing this, because it ensured a perfect fit. However, if you don’t like using scissors, this might not be the activity tracker for you. The process was actually really simple and straightforward, I just thought I would be remiss if I didn’t throw that part in there. Oh, and make sure you don’t throw anything away that’s included in the box, because it helps make the process go even more smoothly. I would know because I threw away the ruler on accident and had to go by “feel”. Don’t be me.
The Polar Loop is the very first activity tracker to add the option of pairing it with a Bluetooth Smart heart rate strap. This is huge. While you can definitely use the Loop without the additional HR monitoring, I highly recommend using them together. For the purposes of this review, I am discussing them both. I’m not some amazingly tech-savvy person, so I’m not going to delve in too deep. However, I’ll give you an “average person’s” take on this activity tracker. I mean, that’s what I’d want to read. Big words are intimidating. I just want to know how to use it, what it does, and if it’s worth the money. Anyone else with me?
Set Up and Syncing Your Loop
This was really simple. I followed the three steps and had a fully functional piece of awesome within minutes. You have to plug in your Loop, download the FlowSync software on your computer, and sign up for Polar Flow. Quick, simple, and painless. It was equally as simple to sync the Loop with the HR monitor. Just press the button on the bracelet while wearing the sensor, and it automatically connects. The magic of Bluetooth, right?
Daily Use and the Polar Flow App
The Polar Loop could not be easier to use. You pretty much just wear it and let it do its thing. It tracks everything you do. Well, almost. It doesn’t know if you’re lying, eating ten cheesecakes, or anything like that. It’s not psychic. But if you’re moving, it knows.
There is only one button on the Loop. You can press it to display your current step count, the time, battery level, and your progress toward your daily goal. It will also light up “TO GO” and explain to you how much more walking or jogging it would take to reach your goal. The Loop will also randomly display “UP”. I think that loosely translates to “get off the couch, assface”.
When paired with a HR monitor, the Loop will also display your current heart rate, calorie burn, and whether you are in fat burning or fitness mode. The HR monitor aspect makes the activity tracker more accurate during things like lifting, cycling, and any other “stationary” workout. That’s something other activity trackers can’t touch.
While you can monitor all of the above activity on your computer, I’ve found that the Polar Flow app is invaluable. It’s an easy way to constantly monitor yourself on your iPhone. It shows activity and sleep in a 24 hour circle-like layout. It’s pretty, so I like it. It will really break down what you can do to reach your goals, too. When you track a workout, it also displays those stats for you as well. If you like numbers and stats, you’ll like having the app at your disposal.
I love the Polar Loop. While I haven’t tested all of the available options (like swimming with it!), I’ve really enjoyed every aspect I have tested out. I found it extremely accurate, especially with the addition of the HR monitor. Polar is in a field of its own with that capability, so that’s pretty exciting stuff.
My favorite part about using the Loop has got to be the motivation. The other day, it politely told me I was being lazy. (Talk about enlightening. I like to pretend that I’m very active, so it’s a weird experience to realize that I’m not as perfect as I think I am. Hello, denial.) So I got up, got dressed, and went for a long walk with my family. We even got a little fishing in. I mean, any bracelet that forces me to move and bond with my boys is a keeper. Oh, and when Maddux got bored, I let him play with it while we fished. It’s totally a multi-purpose device.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I gotta get my fondue on. What my Polar Loop doesn’t know won’t hurt it, right? Can’t track it, didn’t happen.
I hope y’all have a great night and I’ll see y’all tomorrow. I’m taking the day off of running because I might have tied my left shoe a little too tight the other day. I have some slight swelling/pain on the top of my foot. I’m an idiot. I figure being cautious is better than the alternative. Happy New Year’s Eve!!
Question 1: Do you use any activity trackers, heart rate monitors, etc? I’m a numbers geek and it totally motivates me to see it written in black and white.
Question 2: Any big NYE plans? Make me jealous! We have big plans to do eat, eat, and eat. That’s about it. Oh, and I bought cheesecake-flavored wine because I’m classy like that.