I received a BodyMedia Fit armband in a little over two months ago. I mentioned my armband briefly in a past blog entry of mine. I have to say as the days and weeks go by, I keep loving this armband more and more! So I wanted to share with my readers a little information about my BodyMedia Fit armband, since I am asked so many questions about what it is, what it does and if it is worth buying.
The BodyMedia Fit Armband is a compact armband that the user wears on their left arm on a daily basis (about 23 hours a day). This armband tracks how many calories your body burns each day and also tracks your sleep. In addition to that the armband also counts the steps you take each day and records how long you are lying down down. In addition to that, there is an online tracking system that you can enter your calories consumed each day, so you can come up with your calorie deficit each day. This device is highly accurate and intuitive and it becomes more and more precise the longer you wear it.
Calories Burned details on activity manager
Physical Activity details on activity manager
So how do you actually get the information? I wondered the same thing before I got my armband. I quickly learned that it was not very complicated to get the information. I have the BodyMedia Fitarmband without the display. I also do not have the blue tooth enabled version (my phone at the time of order was not compatible). With my model of the armband I wear the armband and then when I want to sync it with my computer to get information (calories burned, time slept, etc) I simply plug the armband up to my computer using the USB that is included with the purchase of the armband.
Sleep Activity details on activity manager
It then pulls up the Body Media software (you must make a small download to your computer when you connect for the very first time). When your armband connects and you log in to the BodyMedia activity manager you will get to see all kinds of awesome and detailed information about your daily activity.
Downloadable Detailed Reports
If the user wants more information about a certain time period when it comes to average calories burned, consumer, etc then there is a great feature that lets you pick 7 days, two weeks or a month of information to download and view at your own leisure. I really love this feature of the activity manager. I am a huge information junkie so it helps a lot!
As I mentioned previously, I have the version of the BodyMedia Fit armband that has to be plugged in each time to see the calorie burn, steps and other information. They do sell display units so the user can see what their current daily burn is! I do not have one of the display units so I am unable to review that option. Also if you purchase a blue tooth enabled version of the BodyMedia Fit armband you are able to see your current burn when you use blue tooth to link it up to a compatible phone. The phones that are capable of this are some Android phones and iPhones. Also some iPod touches are able to be used with the blue tooth enabled armband. There is a list on the BodyMedia website of which phones are compatible and have been tested. Again, I do not have the blue tooth enabled device, so I am not able to give a fair review of all of the features, although it is the same when it comes to accuracy as the non blue tooth model! Although I do know that the blue tooth model does have a shorter battery life (you charge your armband by the USB included in purchase by plugging it up to your computer)!
Even if you have a non blue tooth enabled armband you are still able to download an app on your android or iPhone that will let you view some of your activity information that has already been uploaded to your computer. I like having this feature. With the blue tooth enabled armband the user is able to get more up to the minute information.
There is also a new model of the armband out that just became available. Accuracy wise it is the same. It is not blue tooth enabled. So it is a smaller and sleeker version of the armband I have. It is called the CORE armband. It is a great deal more petite! I have never felt that my armband was too large, but after seeing the new CORE armband, I have found myself really liking the look of the smaller armband! Again, I can not give a full review on this specific armband, because I do not have one to review. But I did want to let readers who may be put off by size or appearance that a newer, slimmer version has been released!
Overall, I have been extremely happy with my BodyMedia Fit armband. It provides accurate information that has really been helping me understand more about my body during my weight loss journey. The information that the armband provides the user with could be helpful not only for weight loss but also for help with maintaining a current weight or even gaining weight. It is a very versatile item when it comes to what the user uses the information collected for! The only thing that I think could use improvement is the food diary portion, it is user friendly, but I am partial to using MyFitnessPal for logging my calories, I just feel it is easier to log my foods as so much is already in the database. So I do copy my calorie count from MyFitnessPal each day and enter it into my BodyMedia Fit activity logs. With that said, it is a personal preference, I know many people that love the BodyMedia Fit food database. I think that I am biased because I used MyFitnessPal to log food intake for eight months before I got the armband!
Just a few other thoughts… One thing I would recommend is buying an extra strap for your armband, as it is nice to have an extra after an super sweaty workout! There are skins you can buy and even design from your own picture to place over the armband display to make it look more like “your own”. Keep in mind that when you receive the armband the online activity manager is free for a trial period but after that the use of the online activity manager does cost on a monthly basis. With that said, the information you collect is invaluable and the subscription price is very reasonable. The customer service reps that staff BodyMedia Fit’s Facebook page and Twitter account are very helpful and nice whenever you have a question. They also run contests from time to time!
The BodyMedia Fit armband is a great tool when it comes to weight loss, weight maintenance or even just for the person who likes to know more information about their body, calorie wise, activity wise and sleep wise! I have found this weight loss item to be invaluable in terms of weight loss success. Sure, weight loss can be accomplished without this device and by putting it on your arm does not mean you will magically lose weight, but the information the device provides certainly takes a lot of guess work out of the process!