Today 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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