DISCLOSURE: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Polar.
You guys all know how much I am LOVING being Ford’s Momma. Honestly, I’d be content to park myself in our rocking chair and hold him all day long. But… #1- that’s not possible – the bills have to be paid (they won’t take diapers for payment – bummer). And #2- I need to get back into shape.
I gained a lot of weight when I was pregnant with Ford. I’ve lost about 2/3 of the weight, but still need to lose the rest so I can get back into my pre-pregnancy clothes. I also need to get ready for a half marathon in May. I’m NOT concerned with how fast I can run a mile, or how fast I can complete Fran (at least, not right now…). I just want to be active every day.
Here’s where the new Polar Loop comes in. It’s one of the coolest fitness gadgets I’ve ever seen. It’s an activity tracker that monitors all of your daily activity. Here are some of it’s cool features:
- It can be worn 24 hours a day and can distinguish 5 different levels of activity, it even knows when you are sleeping (like Santa! ha!). Bonus: It stays charged for about 5 days, I’ve only had to plug it in twice since I’ve started using it.
- It’s waterproof. (Hello Tri-Athletes! or in my case – it’s been through baby bath time and lots of bottle washing!)
- It gives you a daily activity goal and lets you know what you can do to reach your goal. It tells you how many minutes you can jog, walk, or be “up” (in my case – bouncing Ford to sleep while I walk around the apartment).
- The display also shows how many calories you’ve burned, how many steps you’ve taken and the time of day.
- It syncs with Polar’s free online tracking service, Polar Flow and gives you a lot more info and insight on your daily activity. If you are a data lover – you will totally dig this. Polar Flow is also available as an iPhone app. The Android version should be out in the next few months (I’ll definitely be downloading it as soon as it is available!)
It can also be used in conjunction with Polar’s H6 or H7 Heart Rate Sensor so you can get credit for any exercise done. When the heart rate sensor is synced with the Polar Loop you can scroll through the display and it will display the calorie burn and the percentage of time spent in fat burning mode & fitness mode (similar to Polar’s other heart rate monitors – remember when I reviewed the Polar FT40?). When I wore mine last week during a treadmill run I hit my activity goal for the day and the display had a little fireworks show. It’s pretty cool!
Wearing the Polar Loop for the last 10 days has been eye opening. I thought I’d easily hit 10,000 steps at work, but I guess I’m not on my feet as much as I thought. I’m on my feet more at home with household chores and taking care of Mr. Ford and Olivia. I only hit my activity goal ONCE since wearing the Polar Loop, they day I ran. In my defense – I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather – sore throat and horrible congestion. I can’t take any cold medicine or decongestants because I’m still breastfeeding. It definitely makes me eager to get back into my fitness groove – hitting the gym and treadmill at least a few times a week. As a new Momma I’m still struggling to get into a routine, but luckily with the help of my Polar Loop – I can tell when I’m lacking activity and do something about. All the little things add up. Like parking farther away at the grocery store or at work, walking over to the hospital to drop off paperwork, or even dancing around the house with Ford.
How would you Rethink Your Day with a Polar Loop?
What would you do different to increase your daily activity?
DISCLOSURE: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Polar. All opinions expressed are my own.