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Continuous wrist-based heart rate | Let’s talk Polar

May 24, 2017

When it comes to setting and achieving health and fitness related goals, it helps to have a holistic view of how our bodies are performing, from workout routines to our daily activity. From this big picture, we’re able to see progress, identify areas for improvement, and garner a better understanding of what impact our daily routine has on our health and fitness.

To help you achieve your health and fitness goals we’re proud to introduce continuous heart rate tracking, available on Polar A370 and Polar M430.

Continuous wrist-based heart rate in a nutshell

  • Measures heart rate from your wrist at regular intervals, day and night
  • Complements 24/7 activity tracking
  • Automatically captures high-intensity activity and tracks burned calories
  • Records highest and lowest daily heart rates
  • As of now, available on the Polar A370 fitness tracker and the Polar M430 GPS running watch

Introducing continuous heart rate measurement

Continuous heart rate measurement complements our 24/7 activity tracking and allows for more comprehensive activity tracking.

While the 3D accelerometer based activity tracking is a reliable indication of your activity levels, there are times when your heart rate readings will better indicate the intensity of your activity. Say, for example, you’re riding your bike to work. Your hand and upper body may not move much as you grips the handlebars, but your heart rate is elevated as you accrue miles on your commute. Thanks to the continuous heart rate tracking, your Polar product can more accurately estimate your activity level and calorie consumption.

Not only are you getting the guidance and activity feedback you’re used to via Polar Flow, but the more comprehensive measurement means that activity guidance and feedback are based on all daily activity, thus giving you a fuller picture. You may even notice that you reach your daily activity goal faster, thanks to the new level of precision of our new fusion of heart rate and activity algorithm.

Spot trends with highest and lowest heart rate measurements

Continuous heart rate in the Polar Flow appWith the new continuous heart rate tracking, you can now see your A) lowest and highest heart rate measurements of the day and B) the lowest heart rate of the night. This 24-hour view enables you to better gauge how your heart rate is reacting to factors such as physical activity or stressful/emotional situations.

You might be more familiar with the term resting heart rate but notice that we’re not talking about ‘resting heart rate’ but rather about the ‘lowest heart rate measurements of the day’. By definition, resting heart rate is usually something you measure lying down and wide awake – often first thing in the morning after waking up, and in a quasi-controlled environment. Your lowest heart rate of the day, on the other hand, is simply the lowest heart rate of the day, which might occur relaxing on the sofa watching TV or taking an afternoon nap.

Calorie tracking with continuous wrist-based heart rate

The dynamic and intelligent continuous heart rate tracking enables you to track your burned calories throughout the day. Whether you’re burning calories in a group fitness class, walking up the stairs to the office or cycling to work, continuous wrist-based heart rate tracking ensures that your daily activity and burned calories reflect your efforts.

Polar A370 and Polar M430 are compatible with the Polar Balance weight management service, which makes for an effective way to stay on track with your weight goals.