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Day One Using My ActiveLink

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.
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    I'd never heard of this gadget but I do want to look in to it as I sometimes wonder about how high the burned calorie count is, also. It seems like the weight should be falling off but I continue with 1/4 and 1/2 lb losses at a time. Thanks for sharing and keep us posted how it works for you.
    1982 days ago
    That is exciting, Cyndi. I haven't gotten one, but hope you will continue to share your experience. I would consider getting one. Did I read that you lost weight again this week? That is fantastic. Good going. You are doing so well! Take care, Marsha
    1983 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    sounds very interesting as a tool......
    hope you get the information you need......
    what are the costs involved????
    where do you but it????
    blessings and hugs........lita
    1983 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/13/2012 7:35:14 PM
    Thanks for a good idea - I'll consider getting a Lin k myself.
    1983 days ago
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