I have noticed when I have a pedometer on, I do my best going extra mile to meet my stepping goal. Earlier this year I was lucky enough to try C200 life tracker by LifeTrak. This activity tracker knows when to adjust the step count based on what kind of activities I do – walking, jogging or running. I also found that ECG heart rate monitors are a lot more sensitive to the every day movements and I personally prefer the watch to a clip-on pedometer – I swear I lost and broke plenty of those. My last review of the C200 is available here, but when Lifetrak asked me to try their new Move C300, I was very curious to see how a great tracker can get better.
Move C300 just like the previous version C200 has seven day memory of your daily activities, but what if I want to know what happens on the day 8? However the new Move C300 model is also equipped with a bluetooth and syncs with an iPhone app called Argus. (Available on iTunes and should be available soon for the Android). That is where you can store data for a very long time. You do have to remember to manually sync it at least once a week to avoid data gaps.
My Bicycle ride of the year
This was my second year participating in the 25 mile bike ride organized by non-profit Venus De Miles benefiting greenhouse scholars.
I figured it would be an excellent opportunity to take my Lifetrak tracker for a spin. This all women’s event is not a competitive ride – everyone is a winner as long as you made it to the finish line, but it was still pretty much a big deal for me.
That is why I love to see my calorie count after the ride – I just wish I can burn this much every day
One of my other favorite activities is Zumba , so I gave my Move C300 a trial run there as well. I do Zumba toning once a week and every time my instructor starts the class she tells us our target calorie burn. It should be somewhere around 900 calls. End of the class and I am impatiently looking at the screen – 330. That is so not fair! Apparently anytime you have a weight bearing exercise, you need to add 200 calories to the calorie count. 550? I will take that.
Argus iPhone App
If you carry your iPhone with you at all times and don’t mind to re-charge batteries midday, consider checking out this App. Even without the activity tracker it registers a lot of different data and is very easy to set up.
I can’t carry the iPhone everywhere I go, but I sure appreciate all the features this app includes including an overall goal progress and dietary tracking. However, the biggest thing for me is being able to go back to see what I did right and wrong over a long period of time. It especially comes handy when hitting a plateau. Measurement and tracing back is often the only way of figuring out what went wrong.
Last minute notes
I love the black and green watch and band combo – it looks super cool. And just an hour ago I was at the pool with the kids and decided to go for a swim. (Press the workout mode button). 6 minutes and 41 calories burned I am back with my kids. It’s not much, but I can definitely see the calories add on: by the end of the day I have 2580 calories. Just a little boost to my self-esteem.