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Brown Men Do Tan — The 2019 Tan Lines (From My Garmin).

by Anura Guruge


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Last year’s post. Read that IF you are interested as to my history of tanning and my adoptive mother.


We have had a LOT of sun in New Hampshire this year and I am spending more time out in it exercising. When I looked at last year’s post I was amazed to discover that that was taken a month later. I have a darker tan, already, this year.

This is all from my ‘Garmin MARQ Expedition’ I have been wearing 24×7 (bar time to charge it) since May 20 — other than 4-days earlier this month when I was evaluating the ‘Polar Ignite‘.

No, I do NOT wear sunblock. Never have and never plan to use. We, from Sri Lanka, don’t get skin cancer or sunburnt. Well we have to have some advantages for sporting this skin.

Though I still tell folks that I am so brown because of all the chocolate I ate (and that is true) I really haven’t eaten any chocolates in 6-years. So, this is ALL sun.

So, what are YOUR tan lines like? Better than these?

Yes, my skin, from the sun is dry and just yesterday I started lathering it in oil and creams.


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Polar’s ‘Nightly Recharge’ (On The New Ignite) vs. Garmin’s ‘Body Battery’.

by Anura Guruge


They are both basically trying to tell you how well your body is coping and recovering from stress (BOTH physical and emotional).

Garmin with its ‘Body Battery‘ (which I have on my MARQ Expedition) does it over the whole day.

Polar with its ‘Nightly Recharge‘, per the unambiguous name, focuses on your nightly ‘recharge’ — with the emphasis on the early part of your sleep.

Polar’s ‘Nightly Recharge’ definitely gives you more data than I get with the Garmin, e.g., breathing rate, heart rate variability and beat-to-beat interval. (See images below).


Click to ENLARGE and read here. From Polar’s Website.


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“Nightly Recharge” summary screen on the Polar Ignite.


Garmin’s ‘Body Battery’ feedback on Garmin Connect.


Polar’s ‘Nightly Recharge’ status on their APP.


As you can see from above, there are TWO aspects that are taken into consideration: autonomic nervous system (ANS) recovery and how well you slept.


ANS Feedback


The Sleep feedback which is not that dissimilar to what you can get with a Garmin.


The Garmin MARQ Expedition & Polar Ignite side-by-side on my wrist. NO, I do not wear them together. Would be overkill. This was just for the photo op.


It appears I am doing OK. I could have told you that without either the Garmin or Polar! SMILE. I sleep like a LOG. To say I sleep like a baby would be wrong. As a father of four I know that babies are fussy sleepers. I am not. I fall asleep fairly easily and when I do, I am GONE. I sleep deeply as far as I am concerned.

There is a very good reason as to why I sleep well. I am dead tired by the time I go to bed … usually after 1am in the MORNING. I also don’t get as much sleep as I would like. 8 hpurs would be a dream. 7 would be nice. I usually end up with something less than 7.

As long as I get up at my usual time, which is past 8am, I wake up RESTED and ready to go.

So, both the Polar and Garmin are basically confirming this. I sleep OK and am recharged when I get up.

Would be interesting to see what others get in terms of readings.


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by Anura Guruge

The New Polar ‘Ignite’ & My Garmin ‘MARQ Expedition’ Side-By-Side On My Wrist.

by Anura Guruge


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I was sent an ‘Ignite’ — Polar’s latest smartwatch — for evaluation. I just this very minute started wearing it after putting away my Garmin ‘MARQ Expedition’ (carefully wrapped in soft cloth). I have been wearing the MARQ non-stop (bar when charging it) for 43-days since getting it on May 20, 2019.

The back of the ‘Ignite’ if nothing else is ‘busy’. The four shiny contacts are used for charging. But, I am not sure whether they also play a role in heart rate (HR) monitoring per Polar’s supposedly innovative ‘Precision Prime sensor fusion technology‘. I am curious whether Polar does a better job at HR monitoring than Garmin. I will endeavor to find out.


November last year I did try out a Polar Vantage V for a couple of weeks. That supposedly had the same HR technology and I can’t recall seeing any HR data that was that far different to what I was used to with my Garmins.

The Ignite looks like a diluted Vantage V. We will see. Stay tuned.

Always fun to try out news watches. Yes, I am lucky being able to do so.


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by Anura Guruge