Thursday, November 20, 2014

My Answer to "What's That on Your Wrist?"

It took me nearly a year but I finally decided on a fitness tracker that fits my needs. The Polar Loop!

How I chose the Polar Loop
1. Observation and Word of Mouth
The 1st band style fitness tracker I saw in person was the Nike Fuelband. Our friend Andrew, who is not a huge fan of formal exercise, was using it and loved the way it motivated him to move more. I loved the idea of something that tracked your daily activity, not just your workouts.  I started my informal research by checking out the gear my #fitfam was using. The fitbit seemed to be the most popular online and in person. I saw some Nike fuelbands, Jawbones, and my fitness coordinator used the Shine.  There were so many options it was overwhelming!

2. Everymove FitTracker Selector
During my review of Everymove I discovered their free fitness tracker database. You can enter your fitness need, style of tracker, and even brand to narrow results.  My main needs were crosstrainng and a sleeptracker. Enter the Polar Loop! Until using the site I had never even heard of the loop.

3. Brand Loyalty
I was surprised that I had never heard of the Loop. It was a fairly new product from Polar to give their consumers a tracker to fit their needs. When I 1st started my search my 1st though was I wished Polar had a fit tracker band. I used the Polar FT2 when I first dove into fitness and learned the benefit of HR tracking. Then when I started training for the Peachtree and longer runs I upgraded to the FT7. Then I stopped running and started lifting and using my HR monitor less. So, I was already very familiar with the brand. Once I found the Loop it was an easy choice to make!

My Experience So Far
I love my loop! It tracks all of my daily activity.

My steps and my sleep,

As well as the quality of my sleep.

It alerts me of prolonged inactivity

It motivates me to meet my goals by alerting me of my progress so far and how much additional activity is needed.
The fireworks that go off when you meet your goal are pretty awesome too!

My only complaint so far was that my loop and mobile app don't always sync. During the 1st 30 days the bluetooth technology was not syncing with my phone app, even with manual attempts. I later saw this was a common issue for users. I wish it was more consistent.

I have been using my Loop since September and overall I love it. It serves all of the functions I need and I can check all of my primary activities at a touch of a button on my wrist. The syncing would be a bonus, but does not detract from my overall enjoyment of my Loop. If you are looking to purchase a band style fitness tracker I highly recommend you check out the Polar Loop.

What fit tech do you use? Leave a comment and shout out your favorite brand.

Health and Happiness,

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