BODYMEDIA FIT ARMBAND
Black & Stone, $199.95 bodyfitmedia.com.au
LOSING weight is often a priority in January, before it drops down the list in February and surrenders to chocolate urges in March.
Now, technology can help keep this goal alive.
The BodyMedia FIT Armband is a deceptively hi-tech tool that tracks your progress and reminds you of what you should be doing. It is worn on the left tricep. Four sensors measure the wearer’s fitness: an accelerometer measures movement, a galvanic skin-response sensor measures sweat, a skin temperature sensor records body heat and, lastly, a heat-flux sensor measures the rate heat leaves your body.
All of these sensors generate a lot of information, but the data becomes easy to read when you plug this gadget into a computer and sync the data with an online management service.
The BodyMedia Activity Manager translates the data into calories burned, physical activity performed, steps taken and time spent sleeping.
The sleep statistic is particularly revealing as this device separates time spent lying down from time actually asleep and delivers a sleep efficiency score. It’s an excellent way to judge whether you’re giving your
body enough time to heal. Sure, you might think you sleep eight hours a night, but perhaps as few as four are spent actually snoozing.
The Armband also seems to accurately register your steps and exercise, which can be good or scary. Matching your guesstimations to reality can be tough.
This mini machine cannot gauge your calorific intake or your weight, so users need to truthfully enter those details to see their full health picture. This is the most time-consuming part of using this device.
Other barriers include having to wear it full-time (it can be limiting), charging it every five days, and paying $12.95 a month to use the accompanying online service (the first three months are free). All in all, it’s quite a commitment.
However, if you’re serious about weight loss, and ready to wear a constant reminder, the BodyMedia FIT Armband could prove invaluable. Armed: the BodyMedia FIT Armband measures movement, sweat and body heat.