BodyMedia Fit Review

Last Night’s Workout

  • Stationary Bike – 15 minutes
  • Elliptical – 20 minutes

I did end up going to the gym last night, but I didn’t go to yoga. I like yoga, I really do, but sometimes I really need to be in a yoga mood. And last night, I just wasn’t in a yoga mood. Instead, I took a 15 bike ride through the forest…

I love the new bike with the screen at my gym. Last week, I was racing on a track and this week I’m riding on a trail through the forest. Fun.  After 15 minutes, I switched to the elliptical for 20 minutes. Danny didn’t go the gym last night because he takes Jaden to get an allergy shot on Wednesdays once a month or so. Poor Jaden and his allergies. Luckily, they seem to be slowly improving.

Today

Breakfast

Coffee.

That was it. I know, I know. I broke the #1 rule – Thou shall never skip breakfast. But I woke up a little late and not feeling the happiest, so I just stuck with coffee.

Today’s Workout

  • Adaptive Motion Trainer – 18 minutes
  • Step Class – 60 minutes

Of course, within the first 10 minutes of Step class, I was kicking myself for not eating breakfast, but I got through the class, and ate my post workout snack in the car.

A Builder Bar and a clementine. I love those chocolate peanut butter snack size Builder bars so much. I just wish they weren’t $8 a box. I also treated myself to some McDonald’s coffee.

Directly from the gym, I go to pick up my niece, and when I got there today, I saw the best thing ever:

Little McCutie Fitness has her very own Step, just like Auntie Heather! Could life get any better :)

Well, I use mine to stay in shape, and she uses hers to practice walking up a step, but I still love it!

BodyMedia Fit Review

I have been wearing my Body Media Fit device for about 17 days now, and I just wanted to do a quick review on it.

How the BodyMedia Fit works:

Your BodyMedia® FIT Armband has multiple sensors. Those innovative sensors take 5 different “views” of your life:

Motion The Armband contains an accelerometer, a device that measures motion. (Your car air bag has an accelerometer in it that lets it know when you’ve been in an accident.) We use it to measure HOW you move from multiple axis and perspectives, allowing us to better understand your activity.
Steps We count your steps, using the accelerometer to measure the distinct patterns created by walking and/or running.
Galvanic Skin Response When you sweat, your skin becomes more electrically conductive. This measurement helps us see how active you are.
Skin Temperature There’s an electronic thermometer inside your armband that helps us know how hot you are.
Heat Flux When you move, your muscles produce heat. We measure the heat that’s flowing from your body into the environment.

Basically, you wear the BodyMedia Fit on an armband all day (and night). It measures your calories burned, fitness levels, steps taken, and sleep. You can input what you eat into the activity manager so you can see how many calories you’ve eaten compared to how many you’ve burned.

It’s pretty simple. I put the armband on my left triceps and I leave it there all day. Before I go to bed, I plug it into the computer and this screen pops up automatically:

This screen was uploaded about noon before I had entered my breakfast, that’s why it’s showing that I only consumed 37 calories. I put the device back on my arm and sleep with it on. I plug it in one more time when I wake up. So, once in the morning and once at night. And that’s usually enough time to fully charge it. A full charge will last about five days.

I input everything that I ate so that I can make sure that I am burning more calories than I am consuming. When you initially setup the BodyMedia Fit, you can enter in your stats and activity levels, so that you know how many calories you should be eating and burning. It is really simple to set up.

So far, I love the BodyMedia Fit. It is very easy to use, and the activity manager goes into a lot more detail with nice reports and nutrition feedback, but I personally just like the basic screen with my basic information. This helps me know if I’ve burned enough calories and if I’ve gotten in my 10,000 steps for the day.

At first, I wasn’t excited about wearing it on my arm all day. I can’t even stand wearing an iPod armband for a whole 5k. But surprisingly, after the first day, it didn’t bother me at all. And now, I feel weird if I’m not wearing it. You just velcro it on once and then you can slip it off your arm when you need to remove it. It doesn’t even bother me when I sleep.

Even though, I love this device, I’m not convinced that it measures my sleep correctly. I think it underestimates how long I’m sleeping, and honestly I’m not very much interested in how much I sleep. I can easy figure out how many hours of sleep I am getting without this device. But it does go into detail about when you’re laying down, when you’re sleeping, and when you’re awake.

I think I like the BodyMedia Fit so much because it really lets me see everything that I’m doing during the day. I am very good about counting every calorie, so it’s nice to see how those calories are being burned. The only downside is once you spend $100+ on the device, you then have to pay $7 a month to go online and see all the info. (The first three months are free). But you can also sync the BodyMedia Fit with an iPhone or Android app.

Right now, I just plug it into the computer to see my info and that’s good enough for me. If you’re looking to lose weight and want to know how many calories you’re burning, I would definitely recommend the BodyMedia Fit. It’s a little bit pricey, but if you’re a little bit obsessive like me, it’s nice to see all those numbers. And it helps you track your food which is a great aid in weight loss.

I know there are  few other devices like this one, The FitBit and BodyBugg, but I have no experience with those so I can’t compare them to the BodyMedia Fit. Bottom line, I love my BodyMedia Fit, and even Danny is thinking about getting one. It’s simple to set up, easy to use, and very helpful in showing how much activity you get throughout the day.

  • Do you use a device like the BodyMedia Fit or FitBit? I would love to hear your thoughts on it!
  • Do you ever go to yoga?
  • How often do you eat breakfast?
  • Favorite meal of the day?

23 Comments

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23 Responses to BodyMedia Fit Review

  1. Wow–it’s amazing what technology can do. I can’t believe all the different ways it’s taking in data and measuring things for, what seems to be, a more accurate picture overall. How long do you anticipate using it? Will you go down to just using it for a 24-hour stretch once a week at some point?

    • I will use it forever!!! No, I’m just kidding! I hadn’t really thought about. Maybe I’ll cut down which I reach my goal weight which is about 5 pounds away. Right now it’s coming in handy for the DietBet weight loss challenge that I’m doing.

  2. That bike looks so fun! Is that in your home gym? I could clock some major cardio with that thing! I love yoga and have been meaning to sign up for some classes. They are so expensive but I know it’s worth it. I use the gym at my apartment complex which is free so it’s easy but I’m bored with it. I might sign up for Bikram yoga- ever tried it?

    • The bike is at the gym I go to, which also offers the yoga class. It’s nice because it’s all one fee, and I can take as many classes as I want. I wish I had a free apartment complex gym though – that would save some money! I have never tried Bikram yoga, but I’ve heard good things about it!

  3. I love the bikes that like at the gym because I forget I’m exercising and it feels more like a game!

  4. Fit Minded Mom

    The Body Media thing is pretty cool! I have been tempted to get one but there are so many others things I want/need that I always put first. Maybe one day I will invest in one!!

  5. JeffJeff

    Thought about getting the Body Media Fit thing. It sounds awesome from your review. Problem is I couldn’t wear it all day. My job prevents me from wearing devices like that. Still a very good review of the product.

  6. Lexi

    So great to hear your thoughts on the armband! I myself have one too! I quit using it after the first 3 months though… I just got tired of seein the same stuff day after day. In other words, I pretty much knew in my mind what my body was doing. Anyways, I think you’ve inspired me to activate my account back up! Lol thanks a lot for makin me spend money…

    • I can see what you mean about seeing the same info every day. I hope to use it to lose these last few pounds! Did it help you lose any weight?

      • Lexi

        I was pretty much already at my goal weight by the time I got it… I think it really helped me to realize I wasn’t eating enough! I never would of imagined how many calories I was actually burning. Especially while sleeping!

  7. Teresa @ www.fitinwoodbine.com

    Is that they same thing that the biggest loser contestants use? I just might look into this!!! I love numbers!!!

  8. I love yoga!!
    I don’t use a device but I can see how it would be cool to use. I would love to know how many calories I actually burn each day.

  9. Key Master

    Great review on the BodyMedia® FIT! Your review inspired me to start using one. Wearing it will motivate me to walk or run more often then I normally do. Any tips on best place to get one?

  10. Hi Heather,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write this great review! We’re so glad you are getting great information and that you are finding the band easy and comfortable. If your sleep count seems off, you may be tossing and turning at night more than you think. Take a look at your “Sleep Efficiency” score and get a snapshot of your sleep! If you are still having issues, don’t hesitate to call us at 888-850-2639 We would be happy to help you out.

    Be sure to find us on Facebook and keep us updated on your progress!

    - Laurie

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