Wireless Pedometer “Actiped”

Actiped Wireless PedometerToday I'm reviewing the Actiped that is  sometimes refered to as the LifeSource XL-20 Wireless Activity Monitor. This little device weighs next to nothing, and clips to your shoe. You plugin the USB device and your steps are transmitted from your shoe to your computer. ON your computer, you install a very small piece of software that uploads your steps to a website where you can track your progress.

In reality, you walk into the room, and your stats entered into a website without lifting a finger. Currently, I use HJ-720ITC from Omron. When the day is done, I have to plugin my pedometer to my computer, start software, select my name, then click “download data.”Using the Wireless Activity Monitor, I do um… nothing.

On the website I can track step goals, total steps, distance, calories, and more. There are other wireless items such as a scale and a blood pressure unit. All of these you use and your information is entered into your website.

Now we previously talked about The Bodybugg, and we noted how the subscription to their websites was kind of expensive (not the mention purchasing one was not cheap either). The subscription to the website is roughly $25 a year (not a month). The cost of the unit is $49.99 at amazon (not $300 like the body bug).The actiped updates your stats about 3 times every 10 minutes. If you are not active it goes into a sleep mode to save the battery (the battery will last between 1 and 2 years depending on how much you use it).

But You Need To Wear Shoes

This will not clip to your waist. It has to be on your shoe. So if you're like me and walk around the house with no shoes, you're going to lose some activity. This is not a huge deal. Likewise if you use something like an elliptical machine the actiped won't track your steps (as it goes by the foot hitting the pavement). The good news is you can login to the website and put in that you did elliptical work for 30 minutes and it will enter how many steps that calculates to be.  However, by having to go to the website and enter data you are defeating the purpose of the wireless entry.

Overall I'm excited about this unit for a couple of reasons. First I like to see where technology is going. Second it does make tracking your steps effortless. In the future I hope to see units like these have the capabilities to be worn on your pants (that would work better for me), and the ability to change the batteries.

Jillian Says Vary Your Caloric Intake

Instead of eating the same calories every day, do something like this (example would be if you wanted 1,400 calories per day).

Monday – 1,200 calories
Tuesday – 1,500
Wednesday – 1,200
Thursday – 1,600
Friday – 1,200
Saturday – 1,400
Sunday – 1,700

This gives you an average of 1,400 calories a day for the week, and may boost your metabolism as your metabolism as it can't adjust to a reduced caloric intake if it varies. This is from the book Winning By Losing from Jillian Michaels

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Omron 790IT High Blood Pressure Monitor

Today I'm playing with the Omron HEM-790IT Blood Pressure Monitor. High Blood pressure can cause things like headaches, seizures, heart attacks, fatigues, shortness of breath and more. It is not something to take lightly.  According to Webmd.com

There are several categories of blood pressure, including:

  • Normal: Less than 120/80
  • Prehypertension: 120-139/80-89
  • Stage 1 hypertension: 140-159/90-99
  • Stage 2 hypertension: 160 and above/100 and above

One of the causes of hypertension is smoking, and (you guessed it) being over weight.

Who Is More Likely to Develop Hypertension?

  • People with family members who have high blood pressure.
  • People who smoke.
  • African-Americans.
  • Women who are pregnant.
  • Women who take birth control pills.
  • People over the age of 35.
  • People who are overweight or obese.
  • People who are not active.
  • People who drink alcohol excessively.
  • People who eat too many fatty foods or foods with too much salt

So today I show you the Omron HEM-790IT Blood Pressure monitor. It's got some great features. It can store up multipe users, and it keeps track of when your pressure was checked and stores it into memory. It comes with software so you can effortlessly keep track of your weight loss (it's the same software that works with the 720ITC pedometer so you can track your steps, and blood pressure in the same place.

There is an interesting feature where the unit will autmatically measure your pressure three times in a row and average the three. When I did this I measure at 133 over 82 so I would be classified as Prehypertension.

By lowering your blod pressure you decrease your chance of stroke by 35-40%, heart attack by 20-25%, and heart failure (more than 50%). (source webmd.com).  To reduce your chances of having high blood pressure, some key steps are lose weight, quit smoking, reduce the salt in your diet. do aerboic exercise a few times a week (30 minutes), eat a well blanaced diet such as the DASH diet.

For me, I needed a reason to keep me motivated. I needed a "Why am I exercising?" and this is it. I have borderline high blood pressure, and to me high blood pressure equals heart attack. With this unit it's easy to measure, and with the software easy to track your blood pressure. It retails for around $70 at amazon.com This is money well spent, and could very easily save your life.

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