Polar’s new smart fitness watch promises to balance your workouts and recovery

The fitness industry has seen a sharp surge in recent years, with working out and staying active in general becoming some sort of cool and trendy things to do. Sure, staying fit can bring a rainfall of benefits to both your body and mind, but thanks to the internet and consumerism, it’s becoming more and more a branch of the fashion industry. Fashionable as it may be at the moment, working out a sweat hasn’t lost its health boosting properties. After all, your body is one of the few things you cannot cheat on. Now, thanks to the advances in technology, the average Joe out there can instantly get access to some of his body’s parameters by simply wearing a fitness watch or a fitness bracelet. It’s that simple these days. Such a fitness watch is Polar’s freshly-released Ignite. Let’s see what it brings extra to the table.

Polar Ignite Fitness Watch - What is it?

Polar Ignite Fitness Watch
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There’s literally an ocean of fitness gimmicks that are usually thrown at the buyer with the claim that they’ll take his or her workouts to the next level. Ask us and we’d tell you the good old getting off the couch and showing a tad of motivation mindset works better than any gadget out there, but if you’re really into the geeky side of fitness, then Polar’s Ignite might do the trick for you. The Ignite is Polar’s latest watch so it gets all the know-how amassed by the company over the last four decades. It packs quite a tech package, which we’ll look at in more detail below.

Polar Ignite Fitness Watch - Design

The Polar Ignite is somewhat a step away from the brand’s rectangular-shaped hand wearables in the sense that it offers a round design. Polar says it wanted to "create a thin and light fitness watch with a universal and ergonomic design suitable for everyone." The watch weighs just 35 grams and is 8.45 mm thick.

Moreover, Polar insists the watch is not just the run-of-the-mill fitness tracker - after all, there are dozens of devices of all shapes, colors, and sizes that can do that. So the Ignite received a set of features that , says the company, will help the user balance out training time, recovery, and personal life: Nightly Recharge, FitSpark, Sleep Plus Stages, and Serene. The latter offers a guided breathing exercise, while the former measures how well your body recovers over night. FitSpark, on the other hand, offers custom training routines (2-4 every day) based on your recovery rate, fitness level, and also training history, while Sleep Plus monitors your sleep and extracts pertinent data.

Other than those, Polar’s Ignite fitness watch offers continuous heart rate monitoring, GPS, running performance insights as well as running guidance for those who want to run a 5k race or a full marathon. Plus, it’s compatible with a handful of fitness apps, including Strava, MyFitnessPal, Endomondo, and Nike+ Run Club. Here’s a video on how to get started with your Polar Ignite watch.

The Polar Ignite fitness watch is available on Amazon for $229.95.

Polar Ignite Fitness Watch
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Display resolution 240x204
Cover Dragontrail glass
Battery 165 mAh
Battery life 17 hours in training mode
Wristbands TPU plastic, stainless steel buckle
Weight 35 grams
Water resistance WR30

Polar Ignite Fitness Watch - What’s In The Box

  • Polar Ignite watch
  • Charging cable (USB)
  • Polar Ignite user manual
  • Information note
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