24/7 Activity Tracking
M200 tracks your activity with an internal 3D accelerometer that records your wrist movements. It analyzes the frequency, intensity and regularity of your movements together with your physical information, allowing you to see how active you really are in your everyday life, on top of your regular training. You should wear your M200 on your non-dominant hand to ensure you get the most accurate activity tracking.
You'll get your personal activity goal when you set up your M200, and your M200 guides you in reaching the goal each day. You can view the level of your goal in the Polar Flow app or web service. The activity goal is based on your personal data and activity level setting, which you can find in the Polar Flow app or in the Polar Flow web service.
If you want to change your goal, open your Flow app, tap your name/profile photo in the menu view, and swipe down to see Daily activity goal. Or go to flow.polar.com and sign in to your Polar account. Then click your name > Settings > Daily Activity goal. Choose one of the three activity levels that best describes your typical day and activity. Below the selection area, you can see how active you need to be to reach your daily activity goal on the chosen level. For example, if you're an office worker and spend most of your day sitting, you would be expected to reach about four hours of low intensity activity during an ordinary day. For people who stand and walk a lot during their working hours, the expectations are higher.
In time view the dots and numbers around the display show your progress towards your daily activity goal. When the dotted circle around the display is full, you've reached your goal and you'll get a vibrating alert and text Activity goal reached is displayed on the screen.
You can view your activity also in the Activity menu. There you can see how active your day has been so far and get guidance on how to reach your goal.
- To go: Your M200 gives you options for reaching your daily activity goal. It tells you how much longer you need to be active if you choose low, medium or high intensity activities. You have one goal, but a number of ways to achieve it. The daily activity goal can be reached at low, medium or high intensities. In the M200, 'up' means low intensity, 'walking' means medium intensity, and 'jogging' means high intensity. You can find more examples for low, medium and high intensity activities at the Flow web service and mobile app and choose the best way of reaching your goal.
- Steps: Shows the number of steps you've taken so far. The amount and type of body movements are registered and turned into an estimation of steps.
- Inactivity stamps: If you get inactivity stamps during the day, they'll be shown here.
It's widely known that physical activity is a major factor in maintaining health. In addition to being physically active, it's important to avoid prolonged sitting. Sitting for long periods of time is bad for your health, even on those days when you train and gain enough daily activity. Your M200 spots if you’re being inactive for too long during your day and this way helps you to break up your sitting to avoid the negative effects it has on your health.
If you’ve been still for 55 minutes, you'll get an inactivity alert: It's time to move is shown along with a small vibration. Stand up and find your own way to be active. Take a short walk, stretch, or do some other light activity. The message goes away when you start moving or press either of the buttons. If you don't get active in five minutes, you'll get an inactivity stamp, which you can see in the Activity menu on your M200, and on the Flow app and Flow web service after syncing.
In the Activity menu on your M200, you can see your inactivity stamps of the current day. But both Flow app and Flow web service show you the whole history of how many inactivity stamps you have received. This way you can check back on your daily routine and make changes towards a more active life.
Sleep information in the Flow web service and Flow app
M200 will track your sleep time and quality (restful / restless), if you wear it at night. You don't have to turn any sleep mode on; the device automatically detects from your wrist movements that you're sleeping. Sleep time and its quality (restful / restless) are shown in the Flow web service and Flow app after the M200 is synced.
Your sleep time is the longest continuous rest time that takes place within 24 hours starting from 18:00/6pm to next day’s 18:00/6pm. Breaks shorter than one hour in your sleep don't stop sleep tracking, but they are not taken into account in the sleep time. Breaks longer than 1 hour stop sleep time tracking.
The periods when you sleep peacefully and don’t move a lot are calculated as restful sleep. The periods when you move and change your position are calculated as restless sleep. Instead of simply summing up all the immobile periods, the calculation gives more weight to long than short immobile periods. The percentage of restful sleep compares the time you slept restfully with the total sleeping time. Restful sleep is highly individual and should be interpreted together with sleep time.
Knowing the amount of restful and restless sleep gives you a look into how you sleep at night and if it’s affected by any changes in your daily life. This may help you in finding ways to improve your sleep and feel well rested during the day.
Activity data in Flow App and Flow web service
With the Flow app you can follow and analyze your activity data on the go and have your data synced wirelessly from your M200 to the Flow web service. The Flow web service gives you the most detailed insight into your activity and sleep information. With the help of the activity reports (under the PROGRESS tab), you can follow the long-term trend of your daily activity. You can choose to view either daily, weekly or monthly reports.
You can also follow your weekly sleep patterns from the “Night sleep” report. It shows you how many hours you slept and also divides it to restful and restless sleep for deeper sleep analysis. In the activity report you can also see your best days regarding daily activity, steps, calories and sleep from your chosen time period.