Trend Analysis of Physical Activity and Sleep by Polar

This 2023 is approaching its end and  Polar, a leader in sports technology, has presented its annual physical activity report

This study, based on millions of anonymous user data, sheds light on key trends in physical activity and sleep, providing valuable insight for athletes and sports enthusiasts.

Physical Activity and Wellbeing

In today's fitness landscape, walking is emerging as a prominent activity. According to the report, Polar users walk an average of 4.4 km per session, lasting approximately 65 minutes.

This data highlights the inclination towards moderate and consistent exercises, reinforcing the idea that maintaining health does not require extreme activities.

 Additionally, the report shows an increase in the use of technologies to monitor and improve these walking habits.

New Trends in Exercise

Polar's report reveals surprising data on hours of exercise: users recorded an average of 5 hours and 39 minutes of weekly exercise, far exceeding the minimum recommended physical activity.

Regarding the popularity of the activities, running is positioned as the most practiced (19%), followed by walking (16%) and strength training (11%).

It is interesting to see how cycling is gaining ground in Spain, while in Japan hiking is particularly popular.

Distribution by Age and International Differences

The 60-69 year old group stands out for having the longest duration of weekly exercise, with an average of 7 hours and 5 minutes.

In addition, significant variations are observed in the average distance traveled in running and walking between different countries. For example, in Germany, the average running distance is 8.1 km, in contrast to 7.6 km in Spain.

The Impact of Sleep on Health

Sleep, a crucial aspect of well-being, has also been analyzed in detail.

Polar users show a healthy sleep pattern, waking up on average at 7:31 a.m. and going to bed at 0:15 a.m.

The average sleep duration is 7:16 hours in Spain, which is essential for physical and mental recovery.

The average sleep score among users was 73, indicating a good night's sleep. In countries like Finland, the average sleep duration was 7 hours and 43 minutes.

Running: Favorite Activity

Running continues to be the most popular activity among Polar users, accounting for 19.22% of all recorded sessions.

The report reveals that the average distance traveled per session is 7.8 km, especially highlighting the age group of 50-59 years, who lead in distance traveled.

This interest in running reflects a focus on cardiovascular exercises, which are beneficial for heart health.

Polar: Synonym of Innovation:

For more than four decades, Polar has been at the forefront of sports technology. With a range of products from wearables to workout apps, the brand is committed to helping users achieve their health and wellness goals.

This report is an example of how Polar uses data to continually improve its products and services.


Polar's 2023 report not only highlights current trends in physical activity and sleep, but also reflects a global shift towards a more holistic approach to well-being.

By increasing the duration and variety of physical activities, along with a healthy sleep pattern, Polar demonstrates its commitment to promoting an active and balanced lifestyle.

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