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Keeping It Moving With the Polar Loop
FTC: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Polar Loop.
If you are a following me on Instagram, you will see I was sent the new Polar Loop.
The Polor Loop is an activity tracker. Activity trackers have grew in popularity. Some top trackers are Nike’s Fuel and Sports Bands, Up by Jawbon, Fitbit and BodyBugg. The Polar Loop stands apart because it’s the only one fully waterproof and displays heart rate in real time.
Few Additional Benefits of Polar Loop
- Counts steps
- Alerts users, through a friendly message on their phone, when they have been sitting down for to long
- Tracks which activity such as walking or running
- Measures sleep
- Can wear 24/7
- App and web service to help keep you motivated, move and display activity
Moving It With The Polar Loop
It’s a pretty simple device to use. I neglected to take photos of the packaging because I was excited to get it!
The polar loop comes only in one size. It comes with instructions on how to customize the wrist size. It didn’t take to long to figure it out with the instructions. I have small wrist so after some measuring and cutting, I was able to wear it with ease. I wore it everywhere and often times forgot I had it on. Once you size it, it fits perfectly on your wrist as other wrist accessories would.
The coolest part is connecting it with the heart rate monitor. This is the only activity monitor that display heart rate. In a sense, it becomes a heart rate monitor, counts steps, display calories and monitors you 24/7.
From taking the stairs at work to working out outside, the device tracked my every step and activity. It was hard to snap photos of the devise lit up but the Polor Loop displays five things.
- Time – Shows time of day and messages to you “
- Activity – Shows yous activity level. It also shows a long bar that fills up as you make progress towards your daily goal such as walking and jogging.
- Steps – Shows steps accumulated like a pedometer
- Calories – Shows calories burned from just breathing to working out
- Heart Rate – This is the key selling point as no other activity monitor illustrates this. It shows your heart rate in real time
Connecting Polar Loop & Polar Flow
Once you connect your polar loop to the desktop it will pull data and syn it with your online account on Polar Loop Flow. Additional, if you have an iphone and download the app, it will do this on its on. The site is similar to other sites such as Nike+ and Dailymile.
The loop comes with a charging cable and charges fairly quickly. I went a week without charging it up.
Polar Flow Website
Polar Flow is ,a free online tracking service and app for iPhone that automatically syncs via Bluetooth® Smart, Polar Loop provides smart guidance on how to improve health and well-being by making small changes in daily activity
On the site, I can see my activity or lack there of . It definitely made me want to move a lot more. I found myself noticing poor habits such as not meeting 10,000 steps a day, and sitting consistently for 4 hours. Yikes!!
Rethink Your Day and Move
For the week of Thanksgiving, I made sure to keep it moving in anyway possible. I made sure to move at work the day before thanksgiving and the day of. I was determined to meet my personal goals and become healthier. I finally have had the device for a little bit over week now and here are the best aspects of it.
Bests Aspects of the Polar Loop Devise
- Love the display
- Like the style of it – Not bad when pairing it with jewelry
- Easy to use and understand
- Accuracy of most monitoring steps and activity
- Waterproof (20 meters) – Means I can swim with it
- Heart- rate capability – Major Plus!!
- Customize to wrist size
- Easy to read current activity on display
- Battery life – Mine lasted almost 7 days without charging
Since the Polar Loop is brand new, there are some room for improvements on the device.
Improvements for the Polor Loop
- Wish it had the vibration alarm that the Up had (alerts you when your inactive)
- Limited use if you have an android (I have an android)
- Calories burned numbers seem to be off – Not for sure on this one
- Wished it showed mileage/distance and not just steps
- Not a major fan of the charging cable. I wished it had a generic cable because I lose cables a lot and end up spending a lot on replacement cables for the loop.
Overall, I like the Polar Loop. I will use it more to help motivate me to achieving at least 10,000 steps a day. I recommend the Polar Loop for individuals who want a 24/7 heart rate monitor and wellness tracker. I highly recommend it for you iphone folks to get the most out of the devise. You can check out more on the devise by going to here. You can purchase it at many different retailers such as Sports Authority and Target to name a few.
Tell me, do you have an activity monitor? What’s your favorite?
I braved the treacherous icy roads in Dallas to come pick up my boo from DFW Airport. Good thing I had my new Under Armour hat to keep me warm! This is my face after it took me an hour to get from my house downtown to the airport driving 30 miles an hour on 35. All of those people on the local news are not exaggerating, the roads are awful! Never again!
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How Stress Affects Your Workout Routine
If you’re anything like me then stress affects your workout routine. When I’m stressed out all I want to do is lay in my bed with a glass of wine and watch TV FOREVER…I guess that’s by way of checking out without being too counterproductive. When I feel like this, the last thing I want to do it go for a (fill in the workout blank – run, swim, bike, etc.) For example, yesterday I was feeling pretty crappy, but I knew I had to get a run in especially since my run on Saturday was horrible. On my way to the Katy Trail I was thinking “Geez, I don’t feel like doing this”, “this sucks”, “maybe I can do it tomorrow”, etc. Ultimately, I made myself go. As I was running I turned on my trusty iPod. Usually I listen to my Beyonce and Black Eyed Peas playlist, but for some reason I was in a Jill Scott mood and started listening to her latest album. The first song is called Blessed. It talks about how she feels blessed by the little things in life, waking up, having a healthy child, etc. and how through all of the crap she goes through she has to remember that she’s extremely blessed. Naturally, I started thinking about my own situation and although some of the problems I’m facing are big, I’m still blessed. Then, like magic my run got better, as soon as I switched my mind from negative thoughts to positive thoughts. So maybe that’s the answer. When you’re feeling stressed and need to get a workout in try to switch your negative thoughts to positive ones. It works. After you’re done, all of the endorphins your body released from your workout session will kick in and you’ll be in a better mood for sure! Try it!
You can’t tell me this guy from Fox 4 doesn’t look like Ollie Williams from Family Guy! I was waiting for him to say “It’s gon snow!”
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Workout Hair Care Solution: Alex’s Kicking Knots and Kurls
If you are following me on Instagram , you have seen a major change in the last few months on my hair. I have been wearing knots and large curls. Here are a few photos of my various curls…
Most of you didnt know, I was testing out a new workout hair care solution style for a few months with various products and hair tools. I finally took a few photos of the process now that it has my approval. Here is a simple yet effect hair style for those sweaty girls like myself.
Here are the steps-by-step directions to the latest Workout Hair Care Solution: Alex’s Kicking Knots and Kurls
- Before working out, preferable overnight, twist hair into small knots around the head. Secure with hair pins not bobby pins. Here is an article on the different between hair pins and bobby pins. If you have questions on how to do this, google bantu knots.
- Secure head with a wrap. You can add an extra cap on top if you want to hide the wrap.
- Get ya workout on!
- Once finished working out, let hair dry by removing the wrap and/or cap.
- Spray a few sprays of G+ Spray to replenish moisture if dry. Do not take down knots yet. Use this time to get dress and put on makeup if need be. (NOTE: You can use a diffuser on hair to help speed up process. I don’t recommend doing this all the time. If using additional heat make sure to add use a heat protector.)
- After hair is 80-90% dry, put a quarter size of your favorite oil in your hand and rub hands together. I am using Sporty Afros Ayurverdic oil.
- Begin uncorking knots all over hair. Do not separate knots yet.
- Once all the knots are uncorked, begin separating them in sections all over until you have your desired look.
- Use hair and bobby pins to hide sections that didn’t curl all the way or to part and hold hair.
There you go!
This is great for any hair texture. I am natural but this is also a simple solution for women who have straight natural and or permed hair.
Don’t let you hair stop you from working out in the new year.
Products I recommend using on my hair texture and style for holding are
- All Things O’Natural – Natty Butter
- 4 Naturals – Spring Back™ Curling Gel
- Amazing Botanicals – Hibiscus Gel
There you go! No excuses in letting your hair stop you from working out.