Saturday, October 13, 2012
Technology can be really awesome sometimes! This week I purchased an ActiveLink to track my actual activity calorie burn. It's an impressive tiny gadget that I wear daily and insert into my computer before retiring for the night. Starting today and continuing for eight days, I am setting my baseline of activity. The great thing is, that the ActiveLink is waterproof and I can wear it in the pool while I'm swimming and doing water aerobics. I was advised to limit my activity level as the base line is gearing up so the gadget won't set my workout level too high.
Why do I need one of these, you might ask? Well, I didn't think that I needed one at first but sometimes my activities show such a high calorie burn that I wondered if it was accurate. I'm hypothyroid and I have orthopedic issues so I need to know if I'm overdoing things. My Weight Watchers activity points were 88 for last week. I have trouble using the 49 flex points per week and I very much doubt that I could lose weight if I used an additional 88 points. There are days when I struggle to meet my regular daily point total. The ActiveLink looked like a viable solution for me.
How it works: It measures your body's motion going in all directions. (It is different from a pedometer which only measures activity as you move forward and back.) The measure of total body motion gives me feedback about how active I am overall during the day. You take the device off when you go to sleep at night.
My Activity Link will give me feedback on peak activity times as well as times when I don't move around to any great degree. I feel that knowledge is power. If my feedback indicates that I'm not moving around enough, then I can look for exercise opportunities throughout my day. If my feedback indicates that I'm overdoing my workouts, then I will cut back on my workout time and spread out my activity throughout my day. Either way, it's a win, win situation for me. I'm very excited about my new gadget and how I can use it to help me achieve my goals.