Fitness wearables only work for those who already want to get or stay fit and just want to be more organized about it. Slapping a Fitbit onto a couch potato’s arm is only going to count the steps going to the kitchen and the bathroom. If you’re looking for the motivation to get fit, the Polar M200 is a much better choice.

The M200 has GPS, a pedometer, sleep tracker, heart rate monitor, and it can count the calories you burn, just like most fitness trackers. Where it’s different, however, is the companion app that acts as a workout coach and can help newbies get off the couch and take the first steps in their fitness journey. It can coach you through your workout and track your progress towards goals, hopefully motivating you to finish them.

Speaking as someone from a nation plagued with obesity, I really appreciate the mindset that Polar is coming from. The fitness market can’t just cater to those who already take it upon themselves to get in shape. We need devices that prompt you, remind you, encourage you, motivate you, and maybe even send powerful electric volts through you when it’s time to get up and get moving.

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