Polar’s Ignite 3 Watch Blends Fitness With Your Circadian Rhythm

The latest fitness watch from Polar wants to give you a better picture of your activity and sleep metrics. Ignite 3 has a new sleep analysis tool designed to help balance exercise with your unique circadian rhythm, which claims to determine the specific times you’ll be most alert. It follows in the footsteps of other smartwatches released in 2022 that focus more on a holistic view of overall fitness, both physical and mental.

The Ignite 3 is available now for $330 or 330 euros, which roughly converts to £290 or AU$510. It has a 1.28-inch round AMOLED display that can stay alive, surrounded by a stainless steel bezel. The watch comes in four colors with matching bands, with options including black, grey, purple and brown. Polar says the battery will last five days on a single charge, or 30 hours with GPS in training mode, which is longer than similarly priced round watches such as Google Pixel Watch and Samsung Galaxy Watch 5.

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But Ignite 3 wants to further differentiate itself through its in-depth sleep analysis feature. SleepWise provides predictions of when you should be most alert during the day based on your sleep cycle. The idea is to help you find the best time to exercise or be productive in other ways, such as focusing on work-related tasks that require your attention. It also gives you an estimate of when you’re ready to go to bed at night. Another feature called Nightly Recharge tracks overnight recovery and how your body copes with the stress that arises during the day. You will see all this data when you wake up every morning. The feature is unique to Polar and sets the Ignite 3 apart from many other watches that often only show sleep stages, or sleep scores.

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The Ignite 3 also has many of the fitness tracking features found in previous Polar watches such as Pacer Pro Kab, including walking and running tests that can help you measure your VO2 max. The Instinct 3 tracks more than 150 different types of exercise and includes dual-band GPS for better accuracy, just as it’s cheaper. Apple Watch Ultra Kab and Garmin Epix Gen 2 Kab. There’s continuous heart rate tracking as you’d expect from a fitness watch at this price. It also offers voice guidance during training sessions, although it’s only available via Bluetooth headphones or your phone rather than the watch itself.

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Polar is one of the smart watch manufacturers trying to straddle the line between fitness tracking and recovery. Fitbit’s Sense 2 has sensors to recognize when your body is stressed, as well as a Daily Readiness Score to show when your body has been active. Garmin watches have a similar feature called Body Battery that gives you a score based on your activity and sleep levels. Smartwatch companies have focused on adding these health tools to help their products stand out from the crowd, especially with more options than ever before.

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