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“Tech Talk: BodyMedia FIT LINK Armband”

I am slightly fitness obsessed. I might not always follow through with my lofty plans to run 8 miles a day and beat my gym buddy’s chest press record, but the thought is always in the back of my mind. Since it can be so hard to stay on track, especially with a busy family, it’s nice to have some help. Especially when that help comes in the form of a super cool and futuristic armband (with the help of a FREE mobile app) that logs my activity and lets me know when I’m backsliding into the flames of fitness failure!

Check out this quick video to get an overview before we get down to brass tacks:

How BodyMedia FIT Works

Just tracking steps isn’t enough.

To lose weight, it’s important to have an accurate picture of your calorie burn. Using four sophisticated sensors, the Armband captures over 5,000 data points per minute — from heat and sweat to steps and calories burned — every minute of every day. If you take a walk, most body monitors (this one included) show a level of calorie burn. Take that same walk up Mt. McKinley or any incline and we’ll show you a higher calorie burn. BodyMedia FIT captures that important difference because our sensors measure more variables and give you the most accurate calorie burn.*

Data doesn’t mean squat unless you can use it.

BodyMedia FIT makes it easy. Just plug the unit into your computer’s USB port each day to automatically upload info. Then simply log the food you ate via your computer or mobile device, and the exclusive Activity Manager tool gives you a running report of progress toward your goals. This including steps taken, time spent in moderate and vigorous activity, nutritional analysis and sleep efficiency, as well as any personal bests. And with the Bluetooth®-enabled LINK Armband, you can get near real-time updates of your stats with the BodyMedia FIT App.

The Activity Manager – a dashboard of your day

Upload your data to your computer where the online Activity Manager analyzes raw data, allows you to log food and presents info in an easy-to-understand way so you can track your progress. The BodyMedia FIT Activity Manager, the exclusive online tool, helps you learn about your individual calorie and sleep information, analyze that data, and manage and track fitness and weight loss progress. The system allows you to enter your personal body parameters, provides you with FIT coach feedback, and guides you to your goals. Then you will have a running report on progress toward goals, including calorie burn, steps taken, time spent in moderate and vigorous activity, nutritional analysis and sleep efficiency – all while tracking your personal bests.

I’ll admit that it does take a little while to set up, as the computer program needs to be installed and set up to work, but once its up and running there were no problems. While wearing the armband, I did notice a bit of discomfort after wearing it for several hours, but that ended up being my own fault – I put it on too tight, fearing it would slip off! Once I adjusted the size of the cuff, it felt much better and seemed to log my data more efficiently as well.

But don’t take my word for how awesome this little gadget is. Check it out for yourself on their website, like them Facebook or follow them Twitter!

 

*I received a LINK Armband for review, but all opinions are my own*

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