How to get started with Polar

December 25, 2016

Are you a proud owner of a new Polar product? You’ve come to the right place.

We put together a list of resources and inspiration to help you get started with Polar. We know you’re excited and you’ve probably already got your sneakers or your gym bag out, so remember to bookmark this page so you can come back to learn more. This is a nice meaty post but fear not – even if you just give this article a casual once-over you’re better equipped to immerse yourself in the fit and fantastic world of Polar.

Okay, let’s go through the basics and then we’ll point you in the right direction for more info.

First of all – congratulations and welcome aboard!

We have been in the business of wearable sports technology since 1977. Of course, we’re much more than just a proud heritage – we’re a community of likeminded people from all around the world. Welcome aboard!

Getting to know Polar Flow

Polar Flow is your online window into your training, daily activity and sleep. It’s the place where you can see, analyze and understand the data that you’re tracking with your Polar product. Polar Flow is a very powerful tool that you can use in a variety of ways depending on what you want to do. Here are some things you can do with Polar Flow:

  • Optimize your training and reach peak performance
  • Analyze and get insights into a single training session
  • Track your daily activity and sleep
  • Manage your weight
  • Socialize with likeminded people
  • Start training for a running event with a personalized training plan

Polar Flow is available as a web service and as a mobile app for Android and iOS. When we talk about the Polar Flow web service we mean the Polar Flow you can access at flow.polar.com. When we talk about the Polar Flow app, we mean the app you can download for Android and iPhone.

This is how the app and the web service are different from each other:

  • Use the Polar Flow web service to dig deep into your data
  • Use the Polar Flow app to get a quick view of your stats

Some features and views require you to use the Polar Flow web service. So, if you don’t see something in the app, have a look at the web service.

Are you ready? Get started with Polar Flow here.

Getting started with your Polar product

Below is a selection of videos on how you can get your Polar experience up and running. First is the playlist of all the getting started guides and then a selection of some of our newest products.

All getting started guides

Polar M600 getting started guide

Polar M200 GETTING STARTED GUIDE

Polar Flow app

Caring for your Polar Product

Your Polar goes where you go – and if you go somewhere where there’s dirt, sweat and tears, your Polar product most probably deserves a bit of looking after. Here are some quick and dirty tips to get you started:

  • If you wear it on your wrist, rinse and dry it after use
  • Don’t use the USB sync if the product is wet or sweaty
  • If you use the Polar H10 heart rate sensor, remove the sensor completely from the soft strap after use to save battery and keep it working longer, better, faster, stronger
  • Wash the soft strap (remove the sensor first) with mild soap every once in a while
  • Don’t leave the device in extreme cold (below –10 °C/14 °F) and heat (above 50 °C/120 °F) or under direct sunlight.

Finding product and service support, FAQs and usage tips

In all questions or problems you might have, have a look at our support pages. They’re a great resource if you’re looking for something specific.

Finding advice, motivation, training tips and inspiring stories

Did you know about the Polar Blog? Well, you’re reading it right now! This is the place where you can read and learn about training, motivation, nutrition, health and all things Polar. If you subscribe to the blog, we’ll send you a weekly digest of our top stories.

Are you are runner? We have a bunch of interesting articles on running over at polar.com/running, our splendid article bank for runners. So, let’s say you got a Polar M400 GPS running watch as a present and you feel like immersing yourself in the world of running. Get started by heading out to polar.com running and reading about the best training views for running.

Joining the Polar community

After you’ve achieved something great, your first impulse is to share it with someone. We have a vibrant community of people from all walks of life and there are many ways for you too to become involved. Whether it’s posting on Instagram with at least 10 different #hashtags or creating a group within Polar Flow, we want you with us.

Especially now that new people are getting Polar as a gift it’s the perfect time to join the Polar community. There will be a bunch of new people and we’re sure you’ll fit right in. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest @PolarGlobal, so pick your social media of choice and come and say hello.

The easiest way to get started is to try out your Polar product, track a training session and sync it to the Polar Flow app. From the Polar Flow app, you can overlay your training data on an image and share that in your social media.

This is it. The beginning.

What you will do with your new and shiny Polar product is up to you. Your journey has just begun. Happy Holidays and don’t be a stranger.