Polar Loop 2: The perfect activity tracker for busy mamas
Last month I was sent a brand new Polar Loop 2 and Polar H7 Heart Rate Sensor for a review ( and am also giving a Polar Loop 2 away on this blog, go and enter). I have known of this brand for a few years through my husband who bought a heart rate monitor from Polar when he was training for the London-Brighton cycle a few years ago.
From following on me on Twitter and reading this blog you might think I am a very active person, always trying to keep fit and healthy, and that’s what I was also thinking. I know that there are days that I am much more active than others, and always try to stick to my fitness routines.
This usually means running on Monday morning, Wednesday morning a spinning class and total abs class, Friday morning running and another run at the weekend.
I have always aimed to have a rest day between my workout days, and have been doing so for many years. I know some people workout everyday, but despite my love for keeping fit, I just do not think that would fit with my busy lifestyle.
Anyway, you could have seen me reviewing a few activity/sleep trackers on my blog before. I was wondering how different is the Polar Loop 2 from the others?
The first thing that really appealed to my taste was the design.
After quite a bit of wondering for which colour to go for, I ended up with the black version, but also love the white and even the pink which I would normally not go for.
I love the combination of charcoal metal and black mat rubber, looks like a nice sporty bracelet and really enjoyed wearing it 24/7.
The first 2 nights I felt a bit strange as I am not used to wearing a watch when asleep (who is btw?) but I did get used to it.
You don’t need to wear it at night, but if you would like to know some info about how long you spend sleeping (interrupted/uninterrupted sleep), then you should do it.
There is also an alarm which is very handy, and you can synchronise your mobile with your activity tracker and get updates and messages straight to your Loop2!
Setting everything up was pretty easy. There are some very useful video manuals, and I did watch them all before cutting/adjusting the strap and also pairing my Loop 2 with my mobile (make sure you literally touch the Loop2 on your mobile via Bluetooth).
Then I was checking all the info via the Polar Flow app.
As I runner I was very excited about using the H7 heart rate monitor, which can be paired with your Loop2, so you get all the info in one place.
If you don’t have the polar Loop2, you can still use the heart rate monitor and download the Polar Beat to get all the info on your heart rate.
When you look at my results, you can see that on the days when I did my workouts, I was more active than I needed to be.
On the other hand, on the days when I didn’t exercise I was usually about 75% active, and even got a few inactive stamps ( that’s a reminder to get up and move when you stay inactive for a longer time).
I can tell you, I really love this little gadget and have been using it since then.
Thanks to this I have started to be more active on the days when I didn’t do my workouts. It’s not always easy a working as a professional blogger and social media adviser means I spend lots of time online behind my MacBook Air.
Love the fact my mind is much more focused on keeping active every day, and would highly recommend it to any parents out there!
Polar Loop2 = 24 hour activity tracker
Daily activity and training details can be synced to Polar Flow mobile app (iOS and Android) through Bluetooth® Smart for a quick glance at the user’s activity status. The Polar Flow web service will provide a more detailed analysis and a comprehensive insight into the user’s fitness.
Tapping into Polar Coach adds even more value to the experience: should the user be training with a coach or a personal trainer, he or she can benefit from this free online tool to conveniently connect and share workout information. Third party connectivity with MyFitnessPal, Apple Health and Google Fit generate even more added value to Polar users.
Polar Loop 2 is now available in Powder White and Sorbet Pink and Smoky Black for £94.50 (£159.00 with H7 heart rate sensor).
Follow your daily activity
You can cycle through Polar Loop2 LED display views by tapping the touch button repeatedly.
You will see more information about each headline if you wait two seconds and let the screen scroll by itself.
ACTV: stands for daily activity. The daily activity goal is visualised with an activity bar.
to go: tells you how much longer you need to be active to reach your daily activity goal
jog: stands for high intensity activity like jogging, exercises class, basketball, football, tennis or squash
walk: stands for medium intensity activity like walking, circuit training, bowling, skateboarding, gently swimming or table tennis
up: stands for low intensity activity up on your feet like cleaning, washing, washing the dishes, gardening, playing the guitar, baking, walking slowly or tai chi.
CALS: stands for calories burnt measured as kilocalories
STEP: stands for steps you have taken
IT’S TIME TO MOVE is shown, if you’ve been sitting for 55 minutes. Stand up and find your way to be active. If you are not active in the next 5 minutes, you’ll get an inactivity stamp!
Add heart rate for training you need polar H7 Bluetooth Smart heart rate sensor
Polar H7 Heart rate sensor
- live, accurate heart rate
- compatible with many apps and gym equipment
- comfortable strap
- also measure heart rate in water
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