24/7 Activity Tracking
The Polar app on your M600 tracks your activity with a 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. We recommend that you wear your M600 on your non-dominant hand for more accurate activity tracking.
The activity tracking feature is always on. If you use a Polar watch face on your M600, you'll see your activity progress on the home screen.
The Polar app guides you in reaching your personal activity goal each day. The activity goal is based on your personal data and activity level setting, which you can find in the Daily Activity Goal settings in the Polar Flow web service. Sign in to the web service, click your name/profile photo in the upper right corner and go to the Daily Activity goal tab in Settings.
The Daily Activity goal setting lets you choose the one that best describes your typical day and activity from three activity levels. 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.
The Polar app records your progress towards your daily goal. You can check your activity progress from the activity bar in My day or from the Polar watch faces.
In the Polar Activity watch face, the circle around the date and time and the percentage below show your progress towards your daily activity goal. The circle fills with light blue color as you are active.
In the Polar Jumbo watch face, the watch face fills up with light blue color as you move towards reaching your daily activity goal.
In the Polar Combo watch face, if you have Polar > Activity chosen on the left complication location, you can see the accumulation of your activity as the rim of the watch face fills with color. You can set the color to your liking by tapping and holding the watch face and choosing Styles. You can see the percentage of how much you've achieved of your activity goal so far also in the bottom left corner of the watch face.
Note if you've chosen General > Watch battery on the left complication location, the colored rim of the Polar Combo watch face will indicate battery level and not the accumulation of your activity.
Under My day, you can view your day’s accumulated activity in more detail and get guidance on how to reach your daily activity goal.
- Steps: Steps you've taken so far. The amount and type of body movements are registered and turned into an estimation of steps.
- Distance: Distance you've covered so far. The distance calculation is based on your height and the steps you've taken.
- Calories: Shows how many calories you've burned through training, activity and BMR (Basal metabolic rate: the minimum metabolic activity required to maintain life).
You can quickly open the activity display from the home screen if you have Polar Jumbo as your watch face. Just tap the light blue activity icon.
To see what you should still do to reach your activity goal for the day, tap the activity data view when the activity data view is open on the screen.
You’ll get options for how long you need to be active if you choose low, medium or high intensity activities. In the suggestions, 'up' means low intensity, 'walking' means medium intensity, and 'jogging' means high intensity. With practical guidance like '50 minutes walking' or '20 minutes jogging', you can choose how to reach your goal today.
You'll find more examples for low, medium and high intensity activities from the Polar Flow app and the Polar Flow web service.
If you’re using a Polar watch face, when you reach your daily activity goal, you’ll get a vibrating alert.
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. The Polar app spots if you’re being inactive for too long during your day and helps you to break up your sitting to avoid the negative effects it has on your health.
Whichever activity level you've set for your daily activity goal, if you’ve been still for 55 minutes, you'll get an inactivity alert notification: 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 any button.
If you don't get active in five minutes, you'll get an inactivity stamp. You can see the inactivity stamp in My day in the Polar app below your daily activity data. You can also see how many inactivity stamps you've received each day in the Polar Flow app and web service. This way you can check back on your daily routine and make changes towards a more active life.
The inactivity alerts or stamps won't affect your progress towards reaching your daily activity goal.
Sleep information in the Flow web service and Flow app
To learn more about sleep data on the Polar app on your M600 see chapter Polar Sleep Plus.
Polar devices with 24/7 activity measurement automatically detect when you fall asleep, when you’re sleeping and when you wake up from your wrist movements. They observe your movements during the night tracking all interruptions during your sleep span, and tell you how much time you actually spent asleep. The sleep detection is based on recording the movements of your non-dominant hand with a digital 3D acceleration sensor.
Tracking your sleep gives you an insight into your sleep patterns, allowing you to see where to make improvements or changes. Comparing your night to night averages and assessing your patterns can help you spot what you’re doing during the day that can affect your sleep. Weekly summaries in your Polar Flow account help you evaluate how regular your sleep-wake pattern is.
What Polar Sleep PlusTM Measures – Key Components of Sleep Tracking
- Sleep time: Sleep time tells you the total duration between when you fell asleep and when you woke up. Your Polar device observes your body movements and can detect when you fall asleep and wake up. It also detects interruptions to your sleep during the entire Sleep time.
- Actual sleep: Actual sleep tells the time spent asleep between the time you fell asleep and when you woke up. More specifically, it is your sleep time minus the interruptions. Only the time you actually spend asleep is included in actual sleep. Actual sleep can be presented as both percentage [%] and duration [h:min].
- Interruptions: During a normal night's sleep there are numerous short and long interruptions when you actually awaken from your sleep. Whether you remember these interruptions or not depends on their duration. The shorter ones we don’t usually remember. The longer ones, for instance when one might get up for a sip of water, we can remember.
- Sleep continuity: Sleep continuity describes how continuous your sleep was. The continuity of your sleep is assessed on a scale of 1-5, where 5 reflects very continuous sleep. The lower the value the more fragmented your sleep was. A good night's sleep consists of long uninterrupted sleep segments and does not contain interruptions at frequent intervals.
- Self-evaluation: In addition to showing objective sleep metrics the Flow service encourages you to self-evaluate your sleep daily. You can rate how well you’ve slept last night with a five-step scale: very poorly - poorly - okay - well - very well. By answering this question, you get a longer version of textual feedback about your sleep duration and quality.
Activity data in the Polar Flow app and web service
With the Polar Flow mobile app, you can follow and analyze your activity data on the go and have your data synced from the Polar app to the Polar Flow web service. The web service gives you the most detailed insight into your activity information.