Polar slaps on continuous heart rate to its M430 running watch

Continuous heart rate is now available on the Polar M430 watch.

A successor to the popular M400, the M430 is primarily intended as a running companion. With a proprietary 6-LED wrist-based heart rate monitor, accelerometer, as well as built-in GPS, the device keeps tabs on steps, distance, calories burned, sleep, and will dish out notifications from your smartphone.

With the latest firmware update, Polar has slapped on 24/7 continuous heart rate tracking to the tracker. The M430 will take a reading at a minimum frequency of every five minutes during rest, and much more often when it detects you are exercising. This essentially makes it an all day health tracker. Before the update, the M430 only used the heart rate sensor during workouts.

The device will also now keep tabs on your resting heart rate, perhaps the most important indicator of your health and fitness. And it will tap into this data to bring you better guidance towards reaching your activity goals.

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Other key features stay the same. You get various running and recovery metrics such as Training Load, Training Benefit, Fitness Test and Running Index (running VO2Max). Paired with the comprehensive Polar Flow platform, the M430 becomes a virtual running coach than can offer personalised feedback.

Polar’s running watch just keeps getting better and better. With built-in GPS, continuous heart rate tracking, and a host of performance metrics, its an option definitely worth considering if you are in the market for a running watch.

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