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Polar Heart Rate Monitors - Glossary of Terms

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Altitude

Altitude readout is integrated into the Polar S710.

Average Heart Rate

A figure expressed in beats per minute (bpm) representing the average heart rate measured over a specific period of time (e.g. an exercise session).

Average Heart Rate of Total Exercise

A figure expressed in beats per minute (bpm) representing the average heart rate measured over a specific period of time (e.g. an exercise session).

Body Mass Index (BMI)

The body mass index is a figure describing body’s weight relative to height, strongly correlating to total body fat content in adults

Cadence Sensor

A Polar accessory that measures the speed at which you turn the cranks of your bicycle (i.e. cadence), measured in revolutions per minute (rpm). Cadence sensor is available as an optional accessory

Calorie Expenditure (OwnCal)

The feature in Polar Heart Rate Monitors calculating the number of kilocalories expended during exercise is called OwnCal. This function allows you to follow the kilocalories expended during one exercise session (exercise on display) and cumulative kilocalories expended during several exercise sessions (total on display). The fat-burning percentage (fat% on display) calculates an estimate of kilocalories expended from fat during a workout and is expressed as a percentage of the total kilocalories burned.

Distance Based Interval

The Interval Trainer will automatically guide you through the interval training session with the help of preset exercise phases: warm-up, intervals and cool-down. The interval phase is divided into interval and recovery calculation sections, which alternate continuously throughout your interval phase. The distance-based interval ends your interval as you reach the selected distance.

Distance Based Recovery Measurement

The Interval Trainer will automatically guide you through the interval training session with the help of preset exercise phases: warm-up, intervals and cool-down. The interval phase is divided into interval and recovery calculation sections, which alternate continuously throughout your interval phase. The distance-based recovery measurement ends your recovery as you reach the selected distance.

Exercise Diary

Monitor the amount of calories burnt during exercise sessions in comparison to your weekly target. A feature of the Polar Weight Management (Polar WM42/WM41) Program Diary where you can view your exercise calories for the last 26 consecutive weeks and compare them to your weekly target

Exercise Files (the number of)

The number of exercise files stored in your heart rate monitor. An exercise file includes total exercise time, time in target zone and average heart rate.

Exercise Reminder

A visual exercise reminder appearing on the display of the heart rate monitor after three inactive days.

Exercise Set (extended exercise profiles)

Create training sessions with individual settings for duration and heart rate limits. A feature that allows selecting exercise programs for interval training including heart rate target zones and recovery calculations.

Exercise Time (Total)

The time you have exercised with the stopwatch running. The Total Exercise Time feature keeps track of your cumulative exercise time since last resetting the counter. This feature gives you yet another way to set daily or weekly exercise goals for yourself.

Fitness Bullets

In Minutes: A feature showing a bullet on the display of your heart rate monitor for every 10 minutes spent exercising/training in your target heart rate zone.

In Calories: A feature showing a bullet on the display of your heart rate monitor for each 100 kcal expended in your target heart rate zone.

Fitness Exercise Diary

Monitors your weekly totals. Monitors the weekly frequency, the total time, total exercise count and amount of calories burned during the exercise sessions. The intensities of the weekly workout sessions are also displayed.

Fitness Test

Measures your fitness level in 5 minutes. A fitness test that measures your aerobic/cardiovascular fitness at rest in just five minutes. The result, Polar OwnIndex, predicts your maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max). The Polar Fitness Test is a revolutionary way to test aerobic fitness. Gender, age, height, body weight, in addition to level of physical activity, heart rate and heart rate variability at rest are all factors influencing the test results. The OwnIndex ranges usually from 20 to 95 and is comparable to VO2max, the golden standard of aerobic fitness.

OwnIndex is most meaningful when following changes in your fitness over a long period of time. Find out how fit you are for your age and gender by comparing your result to the global references listed in the Polar user's manuals. With the Polar Fitness Test you can measure your aerobic fitness by yourself, automatically and without any exertion. No other equipment other than a heart rate monitor is needed. The Polar Fitness Test is as accurate in predicting the VO2max as anysubmaximal fitness test.

Heart Rate (H/R)

In Beats per Minute: A measurement of the work your heart does, most commonly expressed as the number of beats per minute (bpm).

In Percentage of Max Heart Rate: A measurement of the work your heart does, expressed as % of your maximum heart rate.

Heart Rate Limits

Fully adjustable high & low target zones with audible alarm.

Heart Rate Rest Test

Measure your resting heart rate to determine how well you have adapted to extreme conditions. Take the Polar Heart rate Rest Test to measure your resting heart rate. This will provide you with information on the state of your physical fitness and recovery, or your acclimatization to altitude

Independent CountDown / CountUp Timer

The independent timer is a feature you can use during exercise. You can select a CountDown or CountUp timer to assist you in interval training. This feature may also be used to remind you to drink regularly, preventing dehydration.

Interval Setting

Automatically tracks laps and intervals allowing you to concentrate on your training performance

Interval Timers

The freely programmable Interval Trainer will automatically guide you through the interval training session with the help of the preset exercise phases: warm-up with a target heart rate zone and a countdown timer, up to 30 intervals with a target heart rate zone (after each interval you have a recovery calculation option), cool-down with a target heart rate zone and a countdown timer.

IR Interface

Fast and efficient transfer of exercise data via the optional Polar Infrared Interface. A feature allowing you to transfer heart rate information to a PC in real time.

Keeps U Fit - Own Workout Program

Guides you to reach your personal fitness goals. The Polar Keeps U Fit - Own Workout Program gives you personal guidance - how often, how hard, and how long you need to exercise to reach your personal fitness goals. The feature is included in the Polar F11 and F55 Fitness Heart Rate Monitors. In addition, the program can be used free of charge in Polar Fitness Trainer web service.

Maximum Oxygen Intake

The maximum capacity for oxygen consumption by the body during maximum exertion. Also known as aerobic power or maximal oxygen intake/consumption. VO2max is a commonly used determinant of aerobic (cardiovascular) fitness. Aerobic fitness relates to how well your cardiovascular system works to transport and utilize oxygen in your body. The better your aerobic fitness the higher your VO2max. The most accurate way to measure your VO2max is to perform a maximal exercise stress test in a laboratory. VO2max is usually expressed in ml*kg-1*min-1, sometimes in ml*min-1.

Maximum Heart Rate of Total Exercise

The highest number of heartbeats per minute (bpm) during maximum physical exertion. The HRmax-p score predicts your individual maximum heart rate. The most accurate way of determining your individual HRmax is to perform a maximal exercise stress test in a laboratory. HRmax is a useful tool for determining the intensity of exercise. For a rough estimate of your maximum heart rate subtract your age from 220

Mobile Link

Polar mobile applications are versatile tools for managing your exercises with a mobile phone. You can transfer your exercises from a Polar wrist unit to a compatible Nokia mobile phone. Transferring data is a good way to free memory in your wrist unit during longer trips, for example. Get instant feedback on your activities by viewing data curves (e.g., heart rate and altitude) and other detailed information about the activity on the phone’s bright color display. You can store data temporarily for later analysis, as the large memory capacity of your mobile phone allows you to save data from training sessions and competitions, and track your performance over time. Moreover, you have options for sharing the exercise with others by SMS or storing your exercise data for further analysis and for following your long-term improvement by forwarding it to the Polar PC software or web service.

NightVision

Electroluminescent back light.

Number of Exercise Files

The number of exercise files stored in your heart rate monitor. An exercise file includes total exercise time, time in target zone and average heart rate.

Nutrition Diary

Input and monitor your nutrition calories in comparison to your daily target. A function in Polar Weight Management Program Diary (WM 41/WM42), where you can view your automatically saved calorie intake for the last 14 consecutive days

OwnCal

Counts and displays calorie expenditure.

The Polar OwnCal feature shows your energy expenditure during one exercise session as well as your accumulated kilocalories during several exercise sessions.

You can set daily and weekly exercise goals in terms of calorie expenditure with the OwnCal feature. Because the OwnCal tracks both the energy expenditure during one exercise session and the accumulated kilocalories during a longer time e.g. one week, it helps in achieving both short term and long term goals.

Own Code

A feature that reduces possible interference from other heart rate monitors. The Polar OwnCode feature is included in the Polar M- and S-series (except in the S120 and S150).

OwnIndex

Automated fitness test predicts VO2max

OwnOptimizer

Train and rest in the right balance. Polar OwnOptimizer test tells you whether you have recovered enough for your next training session. Polar OwnOptimizer recovery test is an easy and reliable way to determine whether your training program is optimally developing your performance.
The OwnOptimizer can be found on Polar S625X running computer.

OwnRelax

Follow your body’s state of relaxation. Polar OwnRelax is the result of a relaxation session, which is an easy and quick way to test how relaxed you body is. The 5-minute relaxation session is based on heart rate and heart rate variability and can be measured with the Polar F55 Fitness Heart Rate Monitor. OwnRelax helps to track and improve overall well being. Daily relaxation session can be done anywhere, anytime, lying down, or sitting comfortably with no talk or disturbing noises.

OwnZone

Determines personal heart rate limits for an exercise session. The OwnZone feature determines an individual light to moderate intensity exercise zone. It guides you through an appropriate warm-up routine and automatically determines a safe and effective exercise heart rate zone - your OwnZone - while taking into account your current physical condition. The OwnZone Basic corresponds to 65-85 % of the maximum heart rate. Exercise at the lower end of this intensity level can be conducted for extended periods safely and often yields the best results for weight control, while exercise at the upper end of this intensity produces the best results for improving cardiovascular fitness.

OwnZone Advanced

Determines personal heart rate limits for an exercise session. The OwnZone feature determines an individual light to moderate intensity exercise zone. It guides you through an appropriate warm-up routine and automatically determines a safe and effective exercise heart rate zone - your OwnZone - while taking into account your current physical condition. The OwnZone Advanced feature consists of two training areas: OwnZone Low and OwnZone High, providing greater variations in exercising than the OwnZone Basic area, which can be rather wide for more focused training.

The OwnZone Low corresponds to light to moderate intensity level or about 65-78% of your maximum heart rate. The OwnZone Low is ideal for warming up, for weight loss-related exercise for sedentary and less fit individuals and for those recovering from sickness or intensive training.

OwnZone High corresponds to moderate intensity or, at most, to heavy intensity exercise typically targeting fitness benefits and corresponds to about 78-87% of maximum heart rate. Switching to this intensity during exercise is useful, for instance, when you want to add a higher intensity section to your exercise.

Polar M61 Heart Rate Monitor models are equipped with a faster OwnZone (advanced) feature that determines personal heart rate limits for an exercise session in 5 minutes.

Polar Body Workout

Guidance in muscular strength training always with you. Polar body workout gives basic guidance for muscular strength training. Body workout provides strength training movements, count of sets, repetitions, and weights recommendations. The workout can be easily performed by following the guidance given by the Polar F55 Fitness Heart Rate Monitor. Body workout can be edited according to your development.

Polar Performance Software

The Polar Precision Performance Software is a ground-breaking analysis software that gives you high-tech tools for gathering and studying the data provided by your Polar product. Using your own PC, you can update your semi-automatic training diary, design your training sessions, build a personal resource of past routines, reports and performance details or send settings and reminders to your Polar wrist unit using infrared communication.

The Polar Precision Performance Software comes along with Polar AXN700, Polar AXN500, Polar S810i, Polar S810, Polar S725, Polar S720i, Polar S710i, Polar S710, Polar S625X, Polar S610i, Polar S610, Polar S520, Polar S510 and Polar S410 and is compatible with Polar S210, Polar S150 and Polar S120 products.

Power Output Sensor

A frictionless sensor measuring the vibrations of the chain as it passes through the sensor. It measures the average and maximum cadence, power output and pedaling index of the exercise in addition to left/right pedaling balance (average balance between left and right foot pedaling).

Polar Weight Management Program

Your personal weight management program, which helps you to lose and maintain your weight. The Weight Management Program gives guidance on how many calories to eat and how many to expend through exercise in order to achieve target body weight in chosen duration.

Program Update

Reminder to input your weight daily and to update your Weight Management Program weekly. Polar Weight Management Program feature, i.e. a reminder to input your weight daily and to update your Weight Management Program weekly.

Relaxation Rate during exercise

The degree of relaxation rate is highly individual, therefore compare the value to your own baseline. To find out your personal baseline relaxation rate, you need to measure your relaxation rate in a recovered state. Write down your relaxation rate each 15 seconds for 2 minutes. Sum up the eight relaxation values and divide them by eight to obtain the average value. This is your baseline relaxation rate.

Self Walk Test

A fitness test developed by Polar and the UKK Institute to measure aerobic/cardiovascular fitness with a brisk 1.24-mile (2-kilometer) walk on a hard, even surface. The result of the test, the WalkIndex, predicts a person’s maximal oxygen uptake

Slope Counter

Shows the number of slopes you have gone down the piste. The Slope Counter will automatically record the number of slopes you cover. A course of at least 50m /165ft descended continuously is registered as a slope.

SonicLink

A feature allowing uploads of exercise settings from a PC with UpLink and downloads of exercise data to a PC with SonicLink.

Speed and Distance

Motivate your training sessions with accurate speed, distance and pace per km/mile. Polar S625X speed and distance feature enables you to accurately measure your speed, distance and pace per km/mile combined with your heart rate.

Speed Sensor

A sensor measuring speed and distance. A wireless sensor measuring cycling speed and distance via a magnet rotating on the front or the rear wheel depending on the sensor.

Sport Zones

Helps you to train at the right intensity. Polar sport zones provides an easy way to select and monitor the intensity of your training and to follow Polar’s sport zones based training programs. The training is divided into five zones based on percentages of your maximum heart rate: very light (50-60%HRmax), light (60-70% HRmax), moderate (70-80%HRmax), hard (80-90% HRmax) and maximum (90-100% HRmax).

Stopwatch

Stop/Start sports watch.

Target Zone Alarms

A feature informing you every time your heart rate exceeds the upper limit or falls below the lower limit of your target heart rate zone during an exercise session.

Temperature

Temperature readout is integrated into the Polar S710.

Time in Target Zone

The Time in Target Zone feature calculates the amount of total exercise time spent in your personal target zone. You can use this feature together with the Total Exercise Time to determine the effectiveness of your exercise program

Time in Training Zone

Indicates exercise time spent in between high & low limits.

Time of Day

Time of day watch, date & alarm.

Uplink

A feature allowing for uploads of exercise settings and monitor icons from the Polar website or from the Polar Precision Performance SW to a wrist unit. In addition, you can transfer the same day's intake calories from the Polar Weight Management Web Service's Menu Planner to your
Polar Weight Management product. In order to use the UpLink sound feature, be sure that your computer sound level is high enough. For sound transmission you need to use the headphones or dynamic loudspeakers.

Visual and Audible Alarms

A feature informing you every time your heart rate and/or speed/pace
exceeds the upper limit or falls below the lower limit of your target heart rate zone during an exercise session

WalkIndex Self Walk Test

A fitness test developed by Polar and the UKK Institute to measure aerobic/cardiovascular fitness with a brisk 1.24-mile (2-kilometer) walk on a hard, even surface. The result of the test, the WalkIndex, predicts a person’s maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max).

Weight Diary

Input and monitor your current weight in comparison to your target weight. Program function: You can input and monitor your current weight as compared to your target weight.

You & I Setting

Settings for two users

Zone Pointer

A visible and audible feature on the display of your heart rate monitor showing your target heart rate zone and where your current heart rate is within that zone.

ZoneLock

Simply the easiest way to set a target zone. You can activate a target zone with a press of a button during your run. You can also deactivate the zone alarm just as easily – by pressing a button

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