I was so excited when Weight Watchers came out with their Activelink. I just knew it was going to be just the motivation I needed to move more. It was available in many other states before Georgia and I waited patiently for it come to me! I was so excited when I finally got the Activelink a few months ago. I told you all about it in this post.
So, I wore it, religiously for weeks and weeks and weeks. Even after I started with Crossfit, I wore it. One day, Larry says to me, “What is that, a pager?” I told him about what it was and he said, “Oh so does it measure the fat you are burning while at rest?” Ummm….no. It only measures when you are moving.
That got me thinking. This new journey I am embarking on, more weight training and low intensity cardio, will this thing work for me?
Well…last week, I decided to unsubscribe my Activelink and not use it any more.
Now…before I tell you all the reasons why, I just want to tell you that this was MY personal decision. I will tell you all the benefits of this little gadget after I tell you why I choose not to use it anymore. Again, I felt this was best for me. You have to make your own decision.
Here are the reasons I decided to unsubscribe and save myself the $5 fee a month:
- It doesn’t measure weight training very well – I found that unless I was physically moving, it did not give me the activity credit. It in no way measures your heart rate.
- I didn’t want to wear my bra all day long – I know this may seem petty but who wants to get up on a weekend morning and put their bra on so they can wear their Activelink? Not me. I know you can wear it on your waistband but that wasn’t very comfortable for me. Also, when I got home at night, I wanted to take my bra off. I found myself wearing it until I went to bed. Super uncomfortable!
- It didn’t really motivate me – I can pretty much tell you how many bars (it lights up these little bars depending on how much activity you do) I would have at the end of the day. When I exercised (walked or ran in some way), I would usually get all the bars lit up. When I didn’t, I would get two or three. Now, there were some days when I was shopping or out and about and I would get three or four without walking/running but I could also predict when those days were. I hear of it motivating other people to move around the house to get that last bar but for some reason, it didn’t do it for me. Half the time I would forget to even look and see.
Now that I have given you all the reasons I chose to unsubscribe, let me tell you WHO I think could really benefit from this device:
- Anyone who currently struggles to exercise at all – If you do not currently exercise at all, this could be just the ticket! Maybe you need a visual to remind you to move it. This would be great for you.
- Someone who has just started walking – This would be perfect for you. It will measure how much more you are moving compared to how much you used to move. It might motivate you to move more.
- People who do not own another device to calculate calorie burn – I own a Polar Heart Rate monitor so it tells me exactly how many calories I burn when I work out. This is extremely accurate because it goes by my heart rate. If you do not own anything like this, you might really like the Activelink because it will give you some idea of your activity level.
Let me remind you, this was a personal decision. I know there are many people out there who LOVE this little gadget. For me, where I am in my exercising, I didn’t love it. Period. To me, it just wasn’t worth the $5 a month.
Have you tried the Activelink? What do you think? Love it or hate it?