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Rethink Your Day: Move Just a Bit More

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Polar. All opinions, experiences and weight loss are mine, all mine!!!
Alexandra Williams, MA
Trying Out my New Polar Loop on Day 1

Trying Out my New Polar Loop on Day 1

When it comes to getting (or staying) fit, some people add more intensity; others more movement.

I am generally in the “more movement” category, especially when it comes to walks (I don’t like to sweat when I walk), though I’ve been know to amp it up too. But is there a way to measure both types of activity?

When I was invited to test out the Polar Loop – a fitness activity tracker you wear on your wrist –

What the Polar Loop looks like on an Invisible Wrist

What the Polar Loop looks like on an Invisible Wrist

I was all over it because I wanted to know how much I was moving on days I DIDN’T teach. Women my age are recommended to walk 10,000 steps per day, but I plan to actually lose a few pounds, so I’d like to be more like an Amish woman (they walk 14,000 steps per day, with a low obesity rate of 4%).

Here at Fun And Fit, our message has consistently been “Do a little more than the day before,” and I was curious whether having the feedback stats from the Polar Loop would motivate me to do that, as I am definitely a goal-oriented person. The timing was perfect (mid-December) to start tracking my workouts, as I’m on winter break from the U, it’s the eating season, and we were going on several family trips that included long car rides. I’m including pictures of some of my more fun walking adventures, but I also found myself walking more in places such as the grocery store and even the house, just to add to my total steps.

I walked around Beverly Hills

I walked around Beverly Hills

I walked in the hills of Santa Barbara

I walked in the hills of Santa Barbara

I walked (a lot) in Lake Tahoe

I walked (a lot) in Lake Tahoe

I walked straight up in Lake Tahoe, and the Heart Rate Sensor knew it!

I walked straight up in Lake Tahoe, and the Heart Rate Sensor knew it!

I walked with my Sister at the Beach in Santa Barbara

I walked with my Sister at the Beach in Santa Barbara

My Loop came with the Polar H7 heart rate sensor, which isn’t a mandatory piece of equipment for the Loop, but is a nice addition because it measures your heart rate and can help calculate a more accurate calorie burn rate when you’re wearing it. Without the heart rate sensor, I’d still know my steps and general calorie burn, but with it I get more kcal “credit” if I work out more intensely (think of walking uphill instead of down). Besides, what if I do a rowing machine (I won’t, as I hate them) or push-ups? Not too many steps added to my count, but with the sensor I am getting calorie credit. Only the Sensor knows (you have to be at least a Boomer to get that reference).

I’ve put a screenshot of my activity over the past two weeks to show you A) whether I reached my goal of 10K daily steps, and B) how the heart rate sensor works together with the Loop. On the 18th, you see no info for kcals or workout time, yet it does show that I was at 186% of my goal. That is because I taught two classes, but forgot to wear my sensor. On the 24th, we drove for 10 hours, so I didn’t wear the sensor or reach my goal. Today’s the 29th, and as I started this post I realized I hadn’t done much movement for the day, so I pushed away from the computer and went for a walk. I am only at 72% for the day, so I’ll have to do a lot of pacing back and forth as it’s now too dark for a walk, yet I want to do better than I did on the day I just sat in the car. That would be pitiful if I couldn ‘t beat that!

My Stats for the Polar Loop and HR Sensor

My Stats for the Polar Loop and HR Sensor

Polar’s tagline is Rethink Your Day, which dovetails perfectly with our message. Without seeing that I’d only done a few thousand steps by 4 pm, I wouldn’t have gotten up for a walk in the middle of writing this post. I would have THOUGHT about it, but I wouldn’t have done it. So I told myself, “Hey, you’re so good-looking, but you’d be even better looking if you went for a walk right now.” Okay, that’s not exactly what I said, but I did have a talk with myself about getting up and achieving my goals. Without having the truth staring at me in the face (and wrist) I would have over-estimated how much I’d moved today.

I will definitely continue wearing both the tracker and the sensor, as I like having the feedback. I heard a rumor that the Loop will soon be available in pink, which I’d really love (mine is black). My bank teller asked me about it and wanted to know the price, so I looked it up, and it’s just under $100. As the newer versions come out I have a few suggestions, based on my usage:

* Make it clearer that you need to click “Done” when setting up and syncing, as I had to watch all the videos to try and figure out why I couldn’t get it to sync. Easily solved, but I had clicked Done previously and didn’t realize I had to click it again.
* Increase the sensitivity or consistency of the Loop to touch, as I sometimes can get it to display the stats immediately, and sometimes I have to tap it about 30 times.
* Increase the memory storage. I was at Lake Tahoe for 4 days without computer access, and the memory was full. I would have been grumpy if I’d lost the info for the day I walked about 9 miles!

You'll Burn KCals Faster Than this Stove!

You’ll Burn KCals Faster Than this Stove!

One bonus feature I really admire is on the free Polar Flow app that ties in with certain phones – you get a little nudge to get up when you’ve been sitting too long. How cool is that, especially for bloggers like me who spend hours at the computer? One last cute touch the designers put in – it wishes me nighty night and good morning, and that makes me feel like a SuperStar!!!

You'll Be a SuperStar when you Hit 10,000 Steps

You’ll Be a SuperStar when you Hit 10,000 Steps

If you want tips on ways to add movement and rethink your day, read our post “I Want to Get Fit, but Don’t Know How to Start.”

What are some ways you could add more movement to your day?

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14 Responses to Rethink Your Day: Move Just a Bit More

  1. Kristin December 30, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    Great review! I actually won a loop from the #rethinkyourday twitter party and I can’t wait for it to arrive. I didn’t realize it wasn’t a heart rate monitor – I’ll have to see how much that additional piece runs. Thanks for sharing the review and have a great and safe new year!
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  2. Jody - Fit at 56 December 30, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    What a great review Alexandra!!! You put all we need to know right there & so clear how it helps you!!! I tried to get on this FF campaign too & no-go which has been the case lately.. ;)
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  3. Ericka @ The Sweet Life December 30, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    Such great points! Since I’ve not been able to workout lately, I’ve been adding extra walking, using the stairs, taking breaks at work. It’s easy to fit it in if you are just conscience of it!
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    • AlexandraFunFit December 30, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

      What do you do during your work breaks Ericka – pace near your workspace, go outside, walk to the far bathroom, what? And you’re right about being conscious of your steps. Today I did one loop around the local lake. Not enough steps. So I did another loop. Close, but not quite. So I did a half loop, then went home happy. Without the feedback, I would have stopped after one loop around.
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  4. Judy Freedman December 30, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    Interesting to read about this monitor. My boyfriend gave me a Nike Fuel band for the holidays and I love it. It motivates me to do more walking.

  5. Helene Cohen Bludman December 30, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    Sounds like a good product. I need help with my motivation.

  6. GiGi Eats Celebrities January 2, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

    I used to wear a pedometer every single day and get 15-20K steps a day! It was so much fun until I got far too addicted that it actually started to CONTROL my life!!! But as long as you don’t let that happen, this is a phenomenal tool to keep you active and healthy! :)
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  7. Mindys Fitness Journey January 4, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

    Oh I love my Polar Loop!!! Looks like you had a great couple of weeks… keep it up!!!
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