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3/28/18 7:48 P

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The phone is the fitness tracker. You pair the HRM to the phone App using Bluetooth. Polar HRMs give you the option to pair to an excellent cell phone App, or a wrist tracker. They both function identically.

I know cause I have one and been using it for years. The HR is accurate but the calories are always approximate. With that in mind, I use mine as a reference.

Do I care what the exact calories are? Not really, but it gives me a benchmark number to compare against. Did I burn more calories than I did yesterday? Yes, then good, I'm making progress.

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3/28/18 7:15 P

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Rather than trying to pair an HRM with a phone, if you are considering a fitness tracker, pair the HRM with the tracker.

Also, HRM's are only accurate calorie counters if you know your TRUE Maximum HR, rather than using the rubbish 220 minus your age formula.

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3/26/18 1:16 P

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Okay, so it would be best to just get the bluetooth HRM, and pair it with the app then. That way my app will be correct. I can manually enter my calories burned into Spark the same way I do it now.

Thanks so much for the input!

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3/26/18 12:21 P

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@SUE5007

Sorry no. I see I created some confusion.
You cannot edit workouts on the Polar Flow App.

The Polar Flow App does not sync with SPARKPeople. Never did.
The only way to get Polar Flow data into SPARK is a round about method.

To do that, you have to connect your Polar Flow App to Google Fit App.
Once that is done, then you connect Google Fit App to SPARK. It's complicated and convoluted. It works if all the Apps are cooperating.

Then, there is still the problem of the Apps fighting each other on steps versus calories, mileage, etc.

After a while, I gave up and I manually entered my data on the SPARK webpage or, if you created a custom exercise, then on the SPARK App.

Since I was making edits on the Google Fit App anyway, I decided to cut out the middle man and stop using Google Fit and went straight to SPARK to make my edits.

It has turned out to be my best option. I have found the SPARK WEBPAGE to be the best method for entering my exercise data. I use the SPARK cell phone App to be best for entering my food journal.

Edited by: I_ROBOT at: 3/26/2018 (12:28)
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3/26/18 11:46 A

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So I can go into the Polar Flow app, create a custom workout and add any calories that my tracker missed?
I didn't even think about syncing it to SP. That would be great!

Edited by: SUE5007 at: 3/26/2018 (11:47)
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3/25/18 11:01 P

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@SUE5007

I use the Polar HRM for both Cardio/Weight lifting.
Spark and Polar Flow App never agree and it is an estimate anyway.

However, when I'm on the treadmill, I trust my HRM and use those calories.
For a specific workout, you can create custom exercises in the WEBPAGE "Favorites" Tab and add calories, and minutes.

If you create a custom exercise, say "Walk/Run/HIIT" the Webpage exercise you created, does in fact transfer to the SPARK cell phone APP under Favorites.

So, to answer your original question, you can in fact edit your calories AFTER you create a custom exercise. You can create any custom workout and manually enter all calories and minutes. YOU CANNOT EDIT DISTANCE. You can also create a custom workout in the APP.

You can however, edit distance, calories, and minutes on the WEBPAGE Fitness tracker under "Mileage" Tab.

I hope that made sense!


Edited by: I_ROBOT at: 3/25/2018 (23:53)
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3/25/18 2:42 P

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I love using my phone during intense workouts. My meal plan, workout sheets and fitness tracker are there - such an easy way to keep track of my fitness goals :) MyFitnessPal is with me all the time! There I keep track of my reps, sets, my calories which help me to optimize my workouts. By keeping track of everything I can train harder and recover faster. My personal choice is electronic muscle stimulator (mooyee.com.au/) - its super easy to use, operating off of any smartphone to control the type of stimulation you want to replicate (acupuncture, scrapping, cupping, massage) and the intensity of the electrodes.

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3/25/18 8:01 A

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I have a FitBit and you can add workouts through your Fitbit profile. I do that regularly, especially if I am using a treadmill because it doesn't accurately track ifI grab the rail.

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3/24/18 9:57 P

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I use a Fitbit and only really follow my step count.



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3/24/18 7:58 P

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I am considering getting a fitness tracker and have a question about the App that pairs with it. I know they aren't the best at tracking spikes in heart rates (especially in gym scenario or high intensity interval workout) so I would consider wearing my regular heart rate monitor during my workouts. Are you able to add/edit activity in the App? For instance, my tracker says I burned 200 calories but the heart rate monitor says 250 would I be able to add or edit that info in the App?
Seems like Polar has the only tracker that can pair with a HRM.

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