The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Polar. As always all opinions are my own!
When I first received the Polar Loop I was excited but a little skeptical about whether or not I would actually find it useful. Since I started wearing the Polar Loop a few weeks ago I have really become more aware of how much I move (or don’t move) during the day. As a stay-at-home-mom it is easy to get in the habit of sitting around and since it is winter in the Pacific Northwest it is pretty easy to find yourself not leaving the house some days simply because you don’t want to get decked out in rain gear.
After the first day of wearing the Polar Loop I was a little embarrassed at just how much I sat down that day. My only redeeming note is that I didn’t sit for long periods of time all at once (this is one of the cool features of the Polar Loop tracking). Nevertheless I still sat more than I know I should and since then have been making an effort to get off my butt and move more. While some days we still don’t leave the house, like during our recent snowstorm, I am still finding ways to move at home and at the gym.
So after three weeks of wearing the Polar Loop I find myself still not moving as much as I’d like. According to my stats I am active about 25% of the day and honestly that just isn’t good enough for me. I would like to bump this up to 40-60% of the day.
Ways I plan to increase my activity over the next month:
- Take a post dinner walk with my family.
- Walk up and down the stairs (our main living area is on the second floor) once per hour.
- Commit to three gym days and two at home workouts per week.
- Get out once per day (weather permitting) with Edith and go for a walk to the park, to the market, to the community center, ect.
- Have more dance parties with Edith.
The best part by increasing my activity level I will also be increasing our outdoor time! I will also be relieving stress, increasing my energy and preparing my body for labor and birth. So all I can say is wearing the Polar Loop has been eye opening and has helped me to make the changes that I have known I needed to make for months now.
- It tracks five different levels of activity <– love this.
- It’s waterproof and you can even wear it swimming.
- Provides tips to help you reach your daily activity and it updates throughout the day. Basically it tells you how long you would need to run, walk or just be up on your feet moving around.
- Syncs with phone and will even send inactivity alerts to your phone if you’ve been sitting too long.
- Low battery alerts.
- Compatible with Polar H6 and H7 heart rate sensor.
- Customizable size.
- It’s a bit bulky for me but not too bulky for me not to wear it.
- While the size is customizable you have to cut it and well that just made me a bit nervous that I was going to cut it too small so it took me a few tries before I got it (almost) perfect.
Do you track your activity? How has it changed your days/life/workout?