Polar A300 activity tracking – how does it work?

Polar A300 uses an internal 3D accelerometer and records your wrist movements. It analyses the frequency, intensity and irregularity of your movements together with your physical information, and guides you to reach your daily activity goal. It also displays your activity in steps, distance and calories.

What sorts of activities does Polar A300 track?

Polar A300 tracks all your activities, everything from light chores to intense sports. And it does the tracking 24/7. It spots from your wrist movements if you're active, or if you're sitting and resting. And if you wear Polar A300 at night, it also tracks your sleep. If you take Polar A300 off your wrist, it will detect this too.

All activity data can be synced and stored to your Polar Flow web account.
Like other activity trackers, Polar A300 is sensitive to movements. And for it to understand your activity, it's specifically your wrist that needs to move when you're being active. In other words, Polar A300 cannot track how heavy a load you carry, or how steep a hill you climb or what force you use when strength training. To have Polar A300 detect activities like cycling, weight training, or yoga, use Polar A300 with the heart rate sensor. This is how you don't miss observing those activities where your wrist is not moving but you're still being (very) active.

What are Jog, Walk, and Up?

Polar A300 tracks your activity. The Activity menu shows how you can reach your daily activity goal. You can reach your daily activity goal at low, medium or high intensities, or combining these three. So, you have one activity goal for the day, but number of ways to achieve it.

  • Jog stands for high intensity activity like jogging, exercise class, rope skipping, basketball, football, tennis, handball or squash. Polar A300 shows how long you should do high intensity activity to reach your goal for the day. 
  • Walk stands for medium intensity activity like walking, mowing the lawn, circuit training, bowling, skateboarding, gentle dancing, gentle swimming or table tennis. Polar A300 shows how long you should do medium intensity activity to reach your goal for the day.
  • Up category activities can be every-day activities or light physical low intensity activities that you do when you're up on your feet. These include light house-hold chores, gardening, baking, playing pool, slow walk or tai chi. Polar A300 shows how long you should do low intensity activity to reach your goal for the day.

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