Polar FA20 £94.50 www.wiggle.co.uk
January is the busiest time of year in gyms all over the country as those of us that were found face down in the Quality Street over Christmas try to get fit again. I have to be honest but I hate going to the gym so I am always looking for gadgets that make getting fit easier. This year I have been testing a new fitness device from the nice people at Polar which looks like a neat watch but is in fact my conscience.
You see I don’t like to follow a tough regime. My theory has always been that, what with walking the dog and running around after my family I get quite enough exercise, thank you very much. And now I have the proof. The FA20 is worn on the wrist and is programmed with my weight, height and age. I wear it all day and it monitors the amount of activity that I do then telling me if I have been lazy or how long I have been active for. Over the period of a week I found myself checking the watch regularly to make sure I had been active enough. In fact if I wasn’t heading for 60 minutes (Polar’s definition of active) in one day the poor dog found himself being dragged round the block one more time.
I’m sure that to some people 60 minutes does sound like quite a lot but I found it easily achievable if you ditch the car and walk to as many places as you can it soon mounts up. If you feel the need for more exercise you can programme in a target to reach each day or there is even a website to refer to www.polarpersonaltrainer.com
I did have a couple of odd results. One Sunday morning I was happily knitting (yes knitting, all the film stars do it!) for a couple of hours and it recorded 30 minutes of activity. Now I know I get quite excited when I knit but I was sitting firmly on my bum. Another time I was walking to get the train at lightning speed but the watch said I was sitting down and recorded no activity because my hand was wedged under a cardboard box. I am told this is to do with the movement sensor in the watch that helps to determine your activity level. So remember to use your arms when you are being active!!
I think the Polar FA20 is great because now I can happily indulge in an extra chocolate with a clear conscience, knowing that I can prove how active I have been.
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