Fitness trackers or ‘wearables’ became the gym goers must-have gadget in 2015. These little wonder-watches help you to track your; activity levels, calorie count, heart rate,and sleep patterns. As we are now totally spoilt for choice with more and more fitness trackers on the market it can be difficult to decide which one is the right one for you.
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been using the POLAR A360. I’m not the most technologically advanced gal on the block so the concept of using anything ‘smart’ is always a little daunting. However, I was pleasantly surprised to discover how easy the tracker was to set up and to use. To sync data, or charge the device, all you need to do is simply connect it to any PC or MAC via a micro USB connector. The POLAR A360 can also sync via Bluetooth Smart to the Polar Flow App on both Android and iOS devices.
The watch itself is very sharp with a high-resolution colour touch screen and a changeable silicon wrist strap which comes in various colours and three different sizes.
So what makes the POLAR A360 different to other fitness wearables on the market?
Well the POLAR A360 may look like a fitness tracker, and do everything a regular fitness tracker can do, but… it’s so much more than that!So this tracker is the first to have both a wrist-based heart rate monitor and personalised training guidance, as well 24/7 activity tracking.
One of the coolest, and most useful, things I’ve found when using my POLAR A360 is the Sport Profiles. Polar provides over a hundred different sport profiles, such as circuit training and dancing, so you have the ability to choose the right type of activity for your training sessions, and get sport-specific reports and feedback. I use the strength training profile when lifting weights which offers me more precise data from my training session than a standard fitness tracker would. You can manage your sports profiles, and add new ones ,via your own personal profile on the Polar Flow web service. Then when you’re about to train you can select the sports profile, which is specific to your session, on your device.
Calories burned is not as simple as the amount of energy we use during a session but is specific to individual factors such as; weight, height, age, gender, and the intensity activity. When you use wrist-based heart rate monitoring during your training sessions, the calorie calculation takes all of these variables in account to offer you the most precise calculation.The sport you are doing is also taken into account, giving you specific, accurate results.
After setting up your device, inputting your personal data, and choosing level of activity, the device will give you your daily Activity Goal and guides you on how to reach it. While you’re out and about during the day the activity bar on your POLAR fills up based on your activity levels. When you hit your daily target the watch will vibrate to let you know, and congratulate you, and will continue to tally up your steps even after your hit you goal. If you’re having a lazy day the watch will also kick in to remind you to get up and get moving – this helps to avoid sitting around for long periods of time! Don’t worry, you won´t get any Inactivity alerts during night time.
At the end of the day you can find detailed information in the Polar Flow app and web service, such as; time spent at different activity intensity levels, average of daily goal completion, calories burned and steps taken, amount of inactivity alerts and sleep time and quality.
So what can’t the POLAR A360 do?
Not very much from my experience but one thing to note is that there’s no GPS, which may disappoint runners, but all session information is loaded into the Polar Flow app. The product is designed for all forms of fitness, not just running, which is why the GPS feature is non-essential in my eyes.
If you’re into various forms of fitness, like I am, and you’re looking for a slick, easy to use fitness tracker then the Polar A360 should definitely be on your wish list!
For more information on the Polar A360 please click here.