Contents
How does Polar Fitwatch work ................................................ 5
Polar Fitwatch parts .................................................. 5
Getting going ........................................................... 6
How to start heart rate measurement ..................................... 7
Functions during heart rate measurement .............................. 8
See your heart rate ................................................... 8
Illuminate the display ............................................... 8
Turn the Target Zone sound signal on/off ................. 8
Check the time of day .............................................. 9
Stop heart rate measurement ................................... 9
How to set your Target Zone ................................................. 10
How to set the watch ............................................................ 12
Setting the alarm clock ........................................... 12
Setting the time of day ........................................... 14
Exercising with your Polar Heart Rate Monitor ..................... 15
General exercise recommendation ........................ 16
Intensity of exercise ............................................... 16
Frequency of training ............................................. 19
Mode of activity ...................................................... 19
Structure of an exercise session ............................ 20
References ............................................................. 20
Quick guide for exercising .................................................... 21
Define the amount of your physical activity ........... 21
Determine your exercise goals .............................. 23
Examples of exercise recommendations ............... 23
Care and maintenance ......................................................... 25
Taking care ............................................................. 25
Batteries ................................................................. 26
Precautions ........................................................................... 27
In a water environment ........................................... 27
Interference ............................................................ 28
Frequently asked questions .................................................. 29
Technical specifications ........................................................ 31
Polar books and accessories ............................................... 32
Service .................................................................................. 33
Check list ................................................................ 33
Sending instructions ............................................... 34
Polar’s service procedure ....................................... 34
Limited Polar warranty .......................................................... 35
Disclaimer ............................................................................. 36
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Congratulations on purchasing the Polar Fitwatch
Heart Rate Monitor. We are proud to assist you in
achieving your personal fitness goals.
This guide will provide you with the basic
information on how to exercise with your Polar
Heart Rate Monitor and how to get the best
benefit of its functions.
How does
Polar Fitwatch
Work
Wirelessly and continuously yours,
POLAR FITWATCH PARTS
Your Polar Fitwatch consists of three parts:
VISUAL CUES TO READ THIS GUIDE
1. Polar T31™ Transmitter
• Grooved electrode areas
Indicates a tip to do things faster.
Indicates important issues. Please, pay attention!
Indicates a useful tip. It is good to know these things.
2. Elastic strap
See also
IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER!
• Adjust the strap length snug enough and wet the
transmitter electrodes to ensure flawless heart rate
measurement.
• Do not bend or stretch the transmitter.
• Do not operate the buttons of the wrist receiver under water.
• Wash and dry your transmitter regularly after use.
• Do not store your Polar Heart Rate Monitor wet.
Store it in a dry and cool place.
• Keep the Polar Heart Rate Monitor out of
extreme cold and heat.
3. Polar Fitwatch
Wrist Receiver
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GETTING GOING
1. Attach the Transmitter to the
elastic strap.
2. Adjust the strap length to fit
snugly and comfortably.
3. Secure the strap around your
chest, below the chest muscles.
Lock the buckle. Check that the
Polar logo is in a central upright
position.
How to Start
Heart Rate
Measurement
1. Wear the Transmitter and the Wrist
Receiver as described previously.
2. Begin with the display showing
time of day.
4. Pull the Transmitter off your chest
and wet the grooved electrode
areas on the back of it.
3. To start, choose from the
following alternatives:
5. Check that the wet electrode
areas are firmly against your skin.
6. Wear the Wrist Receiver as you
would wear an ordinary watch.
One touch start: In the Time
mode press and hold the right
button of the Receiver for
a few second.
Alternatively, if you go biking,
you may attach the Wrist Receiver
to a Polar Bike Mount.
Polar Products. Keep the Wrist Receiver within the
transmission range (1 metre / 3 feet ).
It is recommended that you wear the Transmitter
against your bare skin to ensure flawless operation.
However, if you wish to wear the Transmitter over a
shirt, moisten the shirt well under the electrodes.
It is important that the electrodes are wet during exercise.
After exercising to preserve the electrodes and battery life:
1. Wash the Transmitter carefully with a mild soap
water solution.
2. Rinse it with pure water.
3. Dry the Transmitter carefully.
Quick start: In the Time mode,
bring the Polar logo of the Receiver
to the Transmitter’s Polar logo and
wait for a beep signal.
Heart rate measurement
commences and heart
symbol starts flashing.
Your heart rate (in beats
per minute) appears in
the display in approximately 5 seconds.
4. You can now start exercising with your Polar Fitwatch.
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Functions During
Heart Rate
Measurement
CHECK THE TIME OF DAY
Whilst exercising you can check the time of day momentarily by
bringing the Wrist Receiver near the Transmitter’s Polar logo.
The time of day and backlight will be on
for a few seconds.
STOP HEART RATE MEASUREMENT
SEE YOUR HEART RATE
You can see your heart rate in beats per minute.
A flashing heart symbol indicates an
ongoing heart rate measurement and
it flashes at the pace of your heart.
ILLUMINATE THE DISPLAY
1. Press and hold the left button to stop heart rate measurement.
Heart rate measurement stops.
Time of day appears in the display.
In case you forget to stop the heart rate measurement when
ending your exercise session and taking off the Transmitter,
the Wrist Receiver turns itself into Time mode if no heart rate
signal is received for 5 minutes.
Press the right button briefly.
Backlight is activated
for a few seconds.
TURN THE TARGET
ZONE SOUND
SIGNAL ON/OFF
When the Target Zone sound symbol appears in the display, you
will hear an alarm sound with each heart beat if you go above the
Upper Limit or below the Lower Limit of your Target Zone.
Press and hold the right button to turn the Target Zone sound
signal on or off.
sound signal is on
Also a flashing heart rate reading informs you of being
outside your Target Zone.
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How to Set
Your
Target Zone
5. Press the right button to select the correct
value for the Lower Limit.
The value for the Lower Limit starts to increase
in 5 beats increments.
6. Press the left button to lock your selection.
Polar Fitwatch enters the Time mode.
1. Begin with the display showing time of day.
2. Press the left button to enter
the Target Zone setting mode.
The Upper Limit reading appears
flashing in the display.
An arrow ( ), indicating
the Upper Limit, appears
in the upper left corner
of the display.
The Upper Limit cannot be set below the Lower Limit.
When the Lower Limit value reaches the Upper Limit
value, the Lower Limit will be reset to 15, the lowest
possible setting.
It may be necessary to reduce the Lower Limit value
first and then return to set the Upper Limit.
To return to the Time mode at any point in the setting
procedure, press both buttons simultaneously.
3. Press the right button to
set the Upper Limit value
of your personal Target Zone.
The value for the Upper
Limit starts to increase
in 5 beat increments.
The digits run faster if you press and hold the right
button. Release the button at the desired value.
4. Press the left button to lock your selection.
The Lower Limit reading appears
flashing in the display.
An arrow ( ), indicating the
Lower Limit, appears in
the lower left corner
of the display.
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How
to Set
the Watch
5. Press the left button to lock your selection.
The first digits representing the hours start flashing.
6. Press the right button to select the desired hour.
The digits run faster if you press and hold the right
button. Release the button at the desired value.
Polar Fitwatch has two watch functions: alarm clock and time
of day. In the setting mode you can first set the alarm clock
function and thereafter the time of day function.
7. Press the left button to lock your selection.
The digit representing the tens of
minutes starts flashing.
Start the watch settings by pressing both buttons
simultaneously in the Time mode. In case you do not want to
set the alarm clock, you can skip to the time of day settings by
pressing the left button five times.
8. Press the right button to select
the desired tens of minutes.
Left Button:
To return to the Time mode at any point in the watch setting
procedure, and to interrupt the watch settings, press both
buttons simultaneously.
You can distinguish the mode you are in from the display:
• The heart symbol will be displayed in the time of day
mode but not in the setting modes.
SETTING THE ALARM CLOCK
LOCK YOUR
SELECTION
Right Button:
SELECT
9. Press the left button to lock your selection.
The digit representing the minutes starts flashing.
1. With display showing time of day, press both
buttons simultaneously.
Alarm signal symbol starts flashing.
10. Press the right button to select the desired minutes.
2.
11. Press the left button to lock your selection.
You enter the time of day setting mode.
AM/PM starts flashing.
Press the right button to set the alarm clock on/off.
3. Press the left button to lock your selection.
AM/PM starts flashing.
4. Press the right button to select AM or PM for the alarm
clock time. AM - before 12 o’clock, PM - after 12 o’clock.
12. To set the time of day continue with Setting time of day,
step 3. To return to the Time mode, press both
buttons simultaneously.
You can turn the alarm off by pressing any of the two
buttons. When the alarm comes on it will sound for one
minute unless you turn it off before that.
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SETTING THE TIME OF DAY
1.
In the Time mode, press both buttons simultaneously.
You enter the alarm clock setting mode.
Alarm symbol starts flashing.
2.
Press the left button five times to skip the alarm clock setting.
AM/PM for time of day is flashing.
3.
Press the right button to select AM or PM for the time of day.
4. Press the left button to lock your selection.
The first digits representing the hours start flashing.
5. Press the right button to select the desired hour.
The digits run faster if you press and hold the right
button. Release the button at the desired value.
6. Press the left button to lock your selection.
The digit representing the tens of minutes starts
flashing.
7.
Press the right button to select the desired tens of minutes.
8. Press the left button to lock your selection.
The digit representing the minutes starts flashing.
9. Press the right button to select the desired minutes.
10. To lock your selection and to restart the seconds press
the left button. You will then return to the Time mode.
Alternatively, to return to the Time mode without restarting
the seconds press both buttons simultaneously.
You may also use Polar Fitwatch as an ordinary
watch without a Transmitter.
Exercising with Your
Polar Heart Rate
Monitor
Regular exercise helps you to sustain and improve your health
and fitness, as well as feel better. Exercising has also other
great benefits, you can reduce stress, learn to know your body’s
reactions and optimise your training time. Whether you are about
to start a regular exercise program or you already do sports
training, a Polar Heart Rate Monitor will help you to achieve your
personal fitness goals in less time, with greater safety.
The effect of your exercise program depends on four factors:
• Intensity of exercise
• Duration of exercise
• Frequency of exercise
• Mode of activity
Exercise may include some risk, especially for those who have
been sedentary. To minimise possible risks consider the
following advice.
Before beginning a regular exercise program consult your
doctor
• if you are over 35 years of age
• if you have not been following a regular
exercise program during the past 5 years
• if you smoke
• if you have high blood pressure
• if you have high blood cholesterol
• if you have any signs or symptoms of any disease
• if you are recovering from a serious illness
or a medical treatment e.g. surgery
• if you use a pacemaker or another implanted
electronic device.
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GENERAL EXERCISE RECOMMENDATION
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM 1990,1995)
defines a recommended exercise dose for developing and
maintaining cardiovascular fitness in healthy adults as follows:
Intensity of training:
Duration of training:
60-90% of the maximum heart rate
20-60 minutes of continuous
aerobic activity
Frequency of training: 3-5 days a week
Mode of activity:
Any mode which uses large
muscle groups
INTENSITY OF EXERCISE
Heart rate is proved to be an excellent indicator of exercise
intensity. Heart rate tells you the exertion level of your body
during physical or mental loading. With the Polar Heart Rate
Monitor you are able to follow the intensity of your exercise
easily, keep yourself in the right heart rate Target Zone and
stay motivated as you see the improvement. Changes in the
heart’s beating rate can be followed with a Polar Heart Rate
Monitor wirelessly, continuously and ECG accurately.
If you aim for improved fitness or exercise for competitive
reasons your exercise intensity is moderate or heavy paced,
and it causes clear breathlessness and sweating.
However, when planning your personal exercise dose, you
can vary the workout intensity e.g. if there is a change in your
physical condition or feelings.
Target zones are calculated using the person’s maximum
heart rate as a reference. The most reliable way to determine
your individual Target Zone is to have your maximum heart
rate measured at an exercise stress test. For more information
on an exercise stress test, consult your physiologist or doctor.
However, according to ACSM most people can estimate their
maximum heart rate by the formula:
220 - Age = Maximum Heart Rate
For example a 35-year old person’s Maximum
Heart Rate would be: 220 - 35 = 185 beats per minute
The following Target Range Chart helps you find the right Target
Zone for your needs. The percentages for the Target Zones are
counted from the maximum heart rate (measured or predicted).
Define your exercise intensity according to your target. When
you exercise within the defined Target Zone, you ensure the
right intensity of your workout.
Any physical activity that increases heart rate above the
resting heart rate may provide health benefits, but only greater
increments above resting heart rate are associated with both
health and fitness benefits. This is why you should define your
personal Target Zone.
If you are a beginner, sedentary or overweight, a recommended
target is to exercise at light or light to moderate intensity.
At this target, the exercise is easy-paced and causes only
slight breathlessness and sweating.
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Example 1
Measured HRmax
190
185
180
175
170
165
160
155
150
185
180
175
170
165
160
35
40
45
50
55
60
1
Bpm
Bpm
200
200
180
160
140
120
100
80
180
Heavy
Intens
160
ity 85-1
00
Upper Limit
%
Modera
140
y 70-85
%
Light to
Moderat
e Intens
ity 60-70%
Light Inte
nsity 50-6
0%
120
Lower Limit
Upper Limit
100
Lower Limit
te Inte
nsit
80
Age
Age
190
Measured HRmax
20
25
30
35
40
45
50
55
60
65
70
How to find your personal Target Zone ?
If you have had your maximum heart rate measured
at an exercise stress test, use the upper axis for
measured HRmax. This gives you the precise values for
your Target Zone. In case you do not know your exact
maximum heart rate, use the lower axis for age.
1. Locate one of the four intensity targets, which would be
most suitable for you. Each target is shaded differently.
2. Locate your age on the down axis or your measured
maximum heart rate on the upper axis.
3. Read up from your age / read down from your measured
maximum heart rate to the target you chose.
4. Draw a straight line from the upper edge of the target to the
left and you will find the Upper Limit of your Target Zone.
5. Then draw another straight line from the lower edge of the
target to the left and you will find the Lower Limit for your
Target Zone.
6. You have now found your Target Zone. As you exercise,
make sure that your heart rate stays within your personal
Target Zone (between the Lower and the Upper Limit) to
get the maximum benefit from your workout.
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25
30
Example 2
See the examples above:
1. A person, whose maximum heart rate has been measured
at an exercise stress test. His HRmax is 170 bpm and his
goal is to exercise for health at Light to Moderate Intensity.
The Target Zone limits are 102-119 bpm.
2. A person, who does not know his HRmax. He is 35 years old
and his goal is to improve fitness at Moderate Intensity.
The Target Zone limits are 130 - 157 bpm.
FREQUENCY OF TRAINING
It is recommended that you exercise 3-5 times a week.
You can improve your performance by increasing the
frequency of training. Remember to let your body recover
properly between the training sessions.
MODE OF ACTIVITY
Select activities that you enjoy and vary your exercise modes.
To build a solid base for your aerobic conditioning, choose
continuous activities such as jogging, running, walking,
swimming, bicycling, rowing and cross-country skiing.
To improve your muscular endurance and strength as well as
flexibility choose intermittent activities such as tennis, badminton,
football, ice hockey, resistance training and gymnastics.
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STRUCTURE OF AN EXERCISE SESSION
Begin each workout slowly and give your body a chance to
warm up for at least for 5 minutes so that your heart rate is
below the selected Target Zone. Gradually increase the
intensity of your exercise until you are in your Target Zone.
Quick guide for
exercising
Remain in your Target Zone for the desired time. After that,
gradually reduce the intensity of your exercise and let your
heart rate fall below the Target Zone with a 5 minute cooldown period.
Before beginning, you should ask yourself two key questions:
• What is the amount of my physical activity at the moment?
• What are my goals?
For an example of an exercise session for a 35-year-old
person with ‘Improved Fitness’ as a target, please see the
following chart.
The following steps help you answer the two questions, get
the most out of your Polar Heart Rate Monitor, and achieve
your personal exercise goals.
1. DEFINE THE AMOUNT OF YOUR
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Heart Rate/Beats Per Minute
You may have a clear understanding of your present physical
condition. In this case you can move to the next step to
specify your goals. You can also define the amount of your
physical activity by answering the questionnaire which is
modified from the “Code for Physical Activity” developed by
NASA/Johnson Space Center (Jackson et al. 1990).
150
TARGET
ZONE
130
Resting
Warm
up
5-10 min
cool
down
Target Zone
30-60 min
Resting
5-10 min
Minutes of exercise
The questionnaire is an easy and quick way to define whether
you are a beginner, a moderate exerciser, an active exerciser
or a serious exerciser. It is recommended to review the
questionnaire every 1-2 months and revise if the amount
of your physical activity has changed.
REFERENCES
American College of Sports Medicine. Position Stand. The Recommended
Quantity and Quality of Exercise for Developing and Maintaining
Cardiorespiratory and Muscular Fitness in Healthy Adults. Med Sci
Sports Exerc 22: 265-274, 1990.
American College of Sports Medicine. ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise
Testing and Prescription. Williams & Wilkins, 1995.
Jackson, A.S., Blair, S.N., Mahar, M.T., Wier, L.T., Ross, R.M. and Stuteville,
J.E. Prediction of functional aerobic capacity without exercise testing.
Med Sci Sports Exerc 22: 863-870, 1990.
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Which alternative best describes your general activity level
for the previous month?
A beginner who does not participate regularly in
programmed recreational sports or heavy physical activity.
❑
Avoid walking or exertion whenever possible.
❑
Walk for pleasure, routinely use stairs, occasionally
exercise sufficiently to cause heavy breathing or
perspiration.
A moderate exerciser who participates regularly in
recreation or work requiring modest physical activity, such as
golf, gymnastics or yard work.
2. DETERMINE YOUR EXERCISE GOALS
It is easier to stay motivated when you determine your reason
for exercising and establish a goal. That is why you should
determine your personal goal very clearly. Your exercise goal
may be one of these:
•
•
•
•
•
•
Get used to regular physical exercise
Lose weight
Maintain or improve health
Maintain or improve fitness
Compete with yourself
Achieve competitive results
3. EXAMPLES OF EXERCISE RECOMMENDATIONS
❑
10 to 60 min. a week
Recommendation for a beginner:
❑
Over one hour a week
Goal
Duration in
Target Zone
Times
a week
Intensity
Improve
fitness and
well-being
15-40 min.
at a time
2-4
1
Light
Light to
moderate
An active exerciser who participates regularly in heavy
physical exercise such as jogging, swimming, cycling or
engages in vigorous aerobic activity type exercise such as
tennis.
❑
❑
Run less than 1 mile a week or spend less than 30 min. a
week in comparable physical activity.
Run 1 to 5 miles a week or spend 30 to 60 min. a week in
comparable physical activity.
A serious exerciser who participates in a regimented
workout program consisting of heavy physical exercise.
❑
Run 5 to 10 miles a week or spend 1 to 3 hours a week in
comparable physical activity.
❑
Run over 10 miles a week or spend over 3 hours a week in
comparable physical activity.
Recommendation for a moderate exerciser:
Goal
Duration in
Target Zone
Times
a week
Intensity
Maintain
fitness
and
well-being
20-40 min.
at a time
2-4
Light to
moderate
1
Moderate
Improve
fitness
and
lose weight
30-60 min.
at a time
2-4
Light to
moderate
2
Moderate
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Recommendation for an active exerciser:
Goal
Duration in
Target Zone
Times
a week
Intensity
Maintain
fitness
and
well-being
30-60 min.
at a time
2-4
Moderate
1
Heavy
Improve
fitness
60-90 min.
at a time
2-4
2
Moderate
Heavy
Care and
Maintenance
Your Polar Heart Rate Monitor is a high-tech instrument of
superior design and workmanship and should be treated with
care. The suggestions below will help you fulfill the warranty
obligations and enjoy this product for many years to come.
TAKING CARE OF YOUR
POLAR HEART RATE MONITOR
Recommendation for a serious exerciser: Have your
maximum heart rate measured and find your personal Target
Zone to get the best benefit of your training sessions.
For more information on heart rate monitoring
Polar
products/Polar books and booklets.
• Wash the Polar Transmitter regularly after use with a mild
soap and water solution. Rinse with pure water. Dry
carefully after washing.
• Never store the Polar Transmitter wet. Sweat and moisture
can keep its electrodes wet and the Polar Transmitter
activated, which shortens the battery life.
• Store your Polar Heart Rate Monitor in a cool and dry place.
• Do not bend or stretch the Polar Transmitter. This may
damage the electrodes.
• Keep your Polar Heart Rate Monitor out of extreme cold
(below -10 OC / 14 OF) and heat (above 50 OC / 122 OF).
• Do not expose the Polar Heart Rate Monitor to direct
sunlight for extended periods, such as by leaving it in a car.
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BATTERIES
POLAR TRANSMITTER
The estimated average battery life of the Polar Transmitter is
2500 hours of use. Contact your distributor/dealer for a
Transmitter replacement.
See Service for detailed instructions.
Polar recycles used Transmitters.
POLAR WRIST RECEIVER
The estimated average battery life of the Polar Wrist Receiver
is 1 year in normal use (2h/day, 7 days a week). However,
because the battery is inserted at the factory, the actual life of
your first battery once in your possession may be less than the
estimated battery life. Note also that an excessive use of the
backlight and the beep signal will shorten the battery life
more rapidly.
Do not open the Polar Wrist Receiver yourself. To ensure the
water resistance properties and the use of qualified
components, the Wrist Receiver battery should be replaced
only by a person authorised by Polar Electro Oy. At the same
time a full periodic check of the Polar Heart Rate Monitor will
be done.
Service for detailed instructions.
Precautions
USING A POLAR HEART RATE MONITOR
IN A WATER ENVIRONMENT
Polar Fitwatch receiver is water resistant to 20 meters.
To maintain the water resistance, do not operate the buttons of
the Polar Wrist Receiver under water. The pressure may cause
the Receiver to leak.
Heart rate measurement in a water environment is technically
demanding for the following reasons:
• Pool water with a high chlorine content and seawater may
be very conductive and therefore short circuit the ECG
signal so that it cannot be detected by the Transmitter unit.
• Jumping into the water or strenuous muscle movement
during competitive swimming may cause water resistance
that shifts the Transmitter on the body to a location where it
is not possible to pick up ECG signal.
• The ECG signal strength varies depending on the individual’s
tissue composition and the percentage of people who have
problems in heart rate measuring is considerably higher in
a water environment than in other use.
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POLAR HEART RATE MONITOR AND INTERFERENCE
ELECTROMAGNETIC INTERFERENCE
Disturbances may occur near high voltage power lines,
televisions, cars, bike computers, some exercise equipment or
cellular phones.
CROSSTALK
The non-coded Polar Wrist Receiver picks up transmitter
signals within 1 metre/ 3 feet. Therefore, when you are using
your Polar Heart Rate Monitor make sure no other transmitter
is within that range. Signals from more than one transmitter
picked up simultaneously can cause an incorrect readout.
EXERCISE EQUIPMENT
Several pieces of exercise equipment with electronic or electrical
components such as LED displays, motors and electrical
brakes may cause interfering stray signals. To try to tackle
these problems, relocate the Polar Wrist Receiver as follows:
1. Remove the Polar Transmitter from your chest and use the
exercise equipment as you would normally.
2. Move the Receiver around until you find an area in which it
displays no stray reading or flashing of the heart symbol.
Interference is often worst right in front of the display panel
of the equipment, while the left or right side of the display is
relatively free of disturbance.
3. Put the Transmitter back on the chest and keep
the Receiver in this interference free area.
4. If the Polar Heart Rate Monitor still does not work with the
exercise equipment, this piece of equipment may be too
noisy electrically for wireless heart rate measurement.
Notice for persons with pacemakers
Persons who have a pacemaker use the Polar Heart Rate
Monitor at their own risk. Before starting use, we always
recommend an exercise test under doctor’s supervision. The
test is to ensure the safety and reliability of the simultaneous
use of the pacemaker and the heart rate monitor.
Frequently
Asked
Questions
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF...
...THERE IS NO HEART RATE READING?
1. Check that the elastic strap is snug enough.
2. Check that the electrodes of the Polar Transmitter are
moistened and that you are wearing it as instructed.
3. Check that you have kept the Polar Transmitter clean.
Care and maintenance.
4. Check that there are no sources of electromagnetic
radiation in the close vicinity of the Polar Wrist Receiver,
such as TV sets, cellular phones, CRT monitors etc.
Precautions.
5. Have you had a cardiac event which may have altered
your ECG waveform? In this case consult your physician.
...HEART SYMBOL FLASHES IRREGULARLY?
1. Check that your Polar Wrist Receiver is inside the
transmission range and not further that 1 metre/ 3 feet from
the Polar Transmitter you are wearing.
2. Check that the elastic strap has not become loose during
exercise.
3. Make sure that the electrodes of the Transmitter are
moistened.
4. Make sure that there is no other heart rate transmitter within
the reception range (1 metre/ 3 feet).
Precautions/
Crosstalk.
5. Cardiac arrythmia may cause irregular readings. In this
case consult your physician.
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...HEART RATE READING BECOMES ERRATIC OR
EXTREMELY HIGH (OVER 200 BPM)?
You may have come within range of strong electromagnetic
signals which cause erratic readings on the Receiver display.
Check your surroundings and move further away from the
source of disturbance.
Precautions.
...THERE ARE NO REACTIONS TO ANY BUTTONS?
Reset the Polar Heart Rate Monitor. Resetting clears all
memory values and settings will return to the default settings.
1. Wear the Polar Transmitter as described earlier in this manual.
2. Simultaneously press both buttons and hold the Polar logo
of the Wrist Receiver to the Polar logo of the Polar Transmitter.
Display becomes full of digits.
3. Press either the right or the left button once.
You hear a long beep.
Polar Fitwatch enters the Time mode.
...THE DISPLAY IS BLANK OR FADING?
Usually the first sign of a discharged battery is disappearing
of the digits when using the backlight. Have the batteries
checked.
Service.
...THE BATTERY OF THE WRIST RECEIVER MUST
BE REPLACED?
We recommend having all service done by authorised Polar
Service. Especially during the warranty period this is
necessary to keep the warranty of the whole Polar Heart Rate
Monitor valid. Polar Service will test your Wrist Receiver for
water resistance after battery replacement and make a full
periodic check of the complete Polar Heart Rate Monitor.
Care and Maintenance/Batteries and Service.
Technical
Specifications
Polar Heart Rate Monitor is designed to indicate the level of
physiological strain and intensity in sports and exercise. No
other use is intended or implied. Heart rate is displayed as
number of heart beats per minute (bpm).
POLAR TRANSMITTER
Battery type:
Built-in Lithium Cell
Battery life:
Average 2500 hours of use
Operating temperature: -10 OC to +50 OC / 14 OF to 122 OF
POLAR WRIST RECEIVER
Battery type:
Battery life:
Operating temperature:
Water resistancy:
Accuracy of heart
rate measurement:
CR 2032
Average 1 year (2h/day, 7 days/week)
-10 OC to +50 OC / 14 OF to 122 OF
to 20 metres
± 1% or ± 1 beats per minute,
whichever larger, definition applies
to steady state conditions
DEFAULT SETTINGS
Upper Limit:
Lower Limit:
Time of day:
100
60
10.00 AM
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Polar Books and
Accessories
POLAR BOOKS AND BOOKLETS
Roy Benson, MPE: ................. Precision Running
Dr. Matthew Brick: .................. Precision Multisport
Edmund R. Burke, Ph.D.: ....... Precision Cycling
Neil Craig ............................... Scientific Heart Rate Training
Sally Edwards: ....................... The Heart Rate Monitor Book
Mark Fenton and
Dave McGovern: .................... Precision Walking
Ute Haas, M.Sc.,
Tarja Suomi, M.Sc. and
Dr. Raija Laukkanen, Ph.D.: ... Precision Aerobics
Dr. Peter J.G.M. Janssen: ...... Training, Lactate, Pulse Rate
Dr. Katriina Kukkonen-Harjula,
MD and Dr. Raija Laukkanen,
Ph.D. ...................................... Precision Weight Management
Dr. Raija Laukkanen, Ph.D ..... Research Index
Yvonne Lin: ............................ Precision Sports Aerobics
Dr. James M. Rippe: .............. Target Your Fitness and
Weight Management Goals
Dr. Jamer M. Rippe: ............... The Polar Fat Free and Fit
Forever Program
POLAR ACCESSORIES
•
•
•
•
•
Polar Bike Mount for all bikes and Polar Heart Rate Monitors
Elastic straps of different lengths
Extra Transmitter for other family members
Polar Heart Bra for women
Test handle for groups and trainers
Service
Polar Service will help you get the most out of your Polar Heart
Rate Monitor. Should your Polar Heart Rate Monitor need
service, please follow the instructions:
CHECK LIST
Before you return your Polar Heart Rate Monitor for service,
please check the following:
1. IS THE TRANSMITTER BEING WORN CORRECTLY?
The Polar logo should be right side up and the Transmitter
flat against the skin. The elastic strap should be adjusted for
a snug and comfortable fit.
2. ARE THE ELECTRODES MOIST ON THE TRANSMITTER?
It is important that the electrodes are wet during the heart
rate measurement.
3. IS THE TRANSMITTER CLEAN?
Regular washing with mild soap and water solution and
thorough dry afterwards will ensure that good conductivity
remains.
4. ARE YOU HAVING DISTURBANCES CAUSED BY OTHER
PEOPLE WITH HEART RATE MONITORS OR EXERCISE
EQUIPMENT?
Precautions/Polar Heart Rate
Monitor and interference for more details.
Ask your local dealer or
distributor for more details.
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SENDING INSTRUCTIONS
1. Pack the product carefully to avoid further damage.
2. Include all the parts of the Polar Heart Rate Monitor. A full
periodic check will be done on the whole product.
3. Include proof of purchase (a receipt or its photocopy) if the
product is under warranty.
4. Include a detailed description of the problem. Use the
return sheet of the Customer Care Charter.
5. Include your name, return address and daytime telephone
number.
6. Ship postage prepaid to your dealer or distributor. For
contact details see the Customer Care Charter.
POLAR’S SERVICE PROCEDURE
Any service is recommended to be done by authorised Polar
service personnel. Our standard test and check procedure will
be performed to all Polar Heart Rate Monitors. The test
includes following elements:
POLAR TRANSMITTER
1. Visual inspection
2. Check of the transmission range
3. Check of electrode conductivity
4. Wash and clean if necessary
Limited Polar
Warranty
• Polar Electro Oy warrants to the original consumer/
purchaser of this heart rate monitor that the product will be
free from defects in material or workmanship for one year
from the date of purchase. Please keep the receipt which is
your proof of purchase!
• Warranty does not cover receiver battery, damage due to
misuse, abuse, accidents or negligence of the precautions;
improper maintenance, commercial use, cracked or broken
cases.
• Warranty does not cover damage or consequential damage
caused by service not authorized by Polar Electro.
• During the warranty period the product will be either
repaired or replaced at an authorised service centre free of
charge.
POLAR WRIST RECEIVER
1. Visual inspection
2. Check of battery voltage
3. Check and cleaning of case contacts
4. Re-assembly, including seal renewal if necessary
5. Water resistance test
6. Operational test
Water resistance cannot be guaranteed after
unauthorised service.
• This warranty does not affect the consumer's statutory
rights under applicable national or state laws in force, or
the consumer's rights against the dealer arising from their
sales/ purchase contract.
Copyright © 1997, 2001
Polar Electro Oy, FIN-90440 KEMPELE, Finland
All rights reserved. No part of this manual may be used or reproduced in any
form or by any means without prior written permission of Polar Electro Oy.
Polar logotype is a registered trademark and Polar Fitwatch is a trademark of
Polar Electro Oy
0537
This CE marking shows compliance of this product with Directive 93/42/EEC.
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Disclaimer
Notes
This product is protected by one or several of the following
patents: FI 88223, DE 4215549, FR 92.06120, GB 2257523,
HK 113/1996, SG 9591671-4, US 5491474, FI 88972,
FR 92.09150, GB 2258587, HK 306/1996, SG 9592117-7,
US 5486818, FI 96380, US 5611346, FI 68734, DE 3439238,
GB 2149514, HK 812/1989, US 4625733, FI 100924. Other
patents pending.
The material in this manual is for informational purposes only.
The products it describes are subject to change without prior
notice, due to the manufacturer’s continuous development
program.
Polar Electro Oy makes no representations or warranties with
respect to this manual or with respect to the products described
herein. Polar Electro Oy shall not be liable for any damages,
direct or incidental, consequential or special, arising out of, or
related to, the use of this material or the products described
herein.
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Notes
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Recyclable material. Graphic design CIS, Kajaani, Finland
GBR
Polar Fitwatch
™
Heart Rate Monitor
User’s Manual
Manufactured by:
Polar Electro Oy
Professorintie 5
FIN-90440 KEMPELE
Finland
Tel. +358-8-520 2100
Fax +358-8-520 2300
www.polar.fi
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