Good afternoon! I am back!! My blog was down for a few days due to some technical difficulties. Unfortunately, I don’t know much about the technical part of my blog but I worked with Scott from BlogCrafted and he helped me get my site back up and running.
I worked with BlogCrafted a couple of years ago when I switched to being self-hosting and contacted them again when my blog was having problems earlier in the week. If you need any blogging help, I recommend using BlogCrafted. I worked with Scott and he does a quick and thorough job. Everything was taken care of within a day and his prices are very reasonable.
Anyway back to the blog. 🙂
Danny, my super sweet husband, got me an early Christmas gift – the Polar A300 heart rate monitor.
I was using the Polar FT7 monitor and I loved it but it was getting old and not working like it should. After doing some research, I decided to go with the Polar A300. This heart rate monitor will replace my FitBit.
I have the FitBit Charge HR and while I love it (you can read about it in this post and this post), I found that it didn’t record my heart rate accurately during exercise so when I worked out, I would wear my Polar FT7 in addition to the FitBit.
The Polar A300 totally replaces my FitBit. It records steps taken during the day, activity level, calories burned during the day, and sleep. You wear the chest strap during exercise to monitor your heart rate.
I like that it gives you a goal of being active for a certain amount during the day and then lets you know when you’re 100% at your activity goal. Some days I’m way over my goal.
Reaching your goal of activity is done through any movement – exercise, walking, shopping, cleaning, etc. As long as you’re moving, it counts as activity. Of course, if you’re doing strenuous activity, you’ll reach your activity goal a lot faster. I usually reach my 100% goal after working out for about an hour.
Some pros and cons:
- it records steps, calories burned, distance, activity level, and sleep (although I don’t find the sleep very accurate)
- it has a chest strap for more accurate heart rate during exercise
- it alerts you when you’ve been inactive too long
- it gives you the option to choose which type of exercise you’ll be doing – strength training, running, walking, cycling, swimming, etc
- the battery life is very long (they say if you work out about an hour a day, the battery will last for 24 days! This includes wearing it all day long)
- it has an alarm (see below)
- the wrist strap is interchangeable – you can buy different colors if you want
- you can sync it to an app on your phone
- it’s pricey – around the same as the FitBit Charge HR. Mine was $180 but we had a $10 off coupon
- it doesn’t alert you when you’ve reached your steps for the day (this isn’t really a big deal but I liked how excited the FitBit got when I reached 10,000 steps)
- alarm – I used my FitBit alarm all the time so I was glad to see the Polar also had an alarm BUT you can only set it for Monday-Friday or Saturday and Sunday. I get up at 5am on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday but the Polar doesn’t give me the option of only choosing those days like the FitBit did. I have to set it for 5am Monday-Friday.
- it’s a little bulkier than the FitBit (this doesn’t bother me because I’m used to wearing a heart rate monitor)
I’ve been wearing the Polar since Monday and so far I’m loving it. 🙂
In Baylee puppy news, she’s being cute…
Have a great day!
- Do you use a fitness tracker?