When it comes to setting and achieving fitness goals, it helps to have a holistic view of how your body is performing, from workout routines to other daily activities. 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.
Continuous heart rate tracking is an easy, yet insightful, tool to monitor your daily activity and achieve your fitness goals.
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
Introducing continuous heart rate measurement
Continuous heart rate measurement enables a comprehensive 24/7 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.
As continuous heart rate enables a more accurate measurement, your activity guidance and feedback will be based on all daily activity, giving you a more comprehensive picture. You may even notice that you reach your daily activity goal faster, thanks to the new level of precision of the heart rate and activity algorithm.
Spot trends with highest and lowest heart rate measurements
With continuous heart rate tracking, you can 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 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.
Learn more about continuous heart rate and other Polar Smart Coaching features.
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Please note that the information provided in the Polar Blog articles cannot replace individual advice from health professionals. Please consult your physician before starting a new fitness program.