When I first started out on the 365-day mission last year, one of the first investments I made was in a BodyMedia Core armband. Why? Because it would give me a real-time view (via the ugliest wristwatch on the planet) as to my progress against my calorie burn goals. In fact, the technology in this thing is quite remarkable.
It features an accelerometer, to gauge how vigorous your activity is, along with a sensor to measure perspiration for exertion levels, as well as the standard pedometer-type functionality to track steps/distance.
In those early days, I wasn’t super familiar with the calorie burn driven from various physical activities so wearing this device took the guesswork out of it.
This bad boy certainly did the trick, but no one could accuse it of being discreet.
Between the large armband wrapped around your upper arm and the ugly-ass watch on your wrist, it’s clear you won’t be making any best-dressed lists while wearing it, but damn this puppy is effective.
It kept me on task every day. If I found myself short on steps or calories burned in the evenings, I would just jog on the spot, or do jumping jacks, during TV commercials. It was a great little reminder that I hadn’t moved enough for the day.
I wore this thing every single day for over 6+ months. Even during tank top season. I was committed, and resigned myself to the importance of function over fashion.
Eventually though, I became so familiar with the level of effort it took to get to my desired 2,500 calories per day burned that I no longer needed the visual cues. So I ditched it.
Now that I’m a working girl again, I know that I’m way more sedentary during business hours. And I know that I need to be way more conscious of how much (or little) I’m exerting myself. I decided that I could use a helpful reminder again – just to make sure I stay on track.
The idea of putting the Core armband back on my arm was about as attractive an option as wearing high waisted jeans. Not a good look for most of the population. Right Jessica Simpson?
I’ve been hearing about everyone and their brother buying FitBits lately (New Year’s Resolution, anyone??), so I decided to investigate. I’ve only had it for 24 hours, but already I can tell it is nowhere near as accurate for calorie burn as the fashion faux-pas BodyMedia Core armband, but it is much, much more discreet:
Okay, so it’s not the greatest match for my stack of Tiffany silver bracelets, but it’s nowhere near as offensive as its predecessor. So I’ll test it. If nothing else, it will tell me how many steps I’ve made in a day (not a bad gauge of activity level) and it will also tell me how well (or not) I slept the previous night.
I’m just excited that I have something to keep me honest now that I have demands [other than those of the exercise or entertainment variety] on my time. It’s like a little cheat sheet, a non judgmental buddy to just remind me that I need to get my ass moving. I’m good with that.