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It seems like almost everyone has one of these activity tracker bracelets. I thought I don’t need one, I know I need to exercise more why would I want a daily reminder? Now that I have been using one, I am kicking myself for not getting one sooner…but hay at least I am burning calories doing so!
The Bowflex Boost Activity Tracker is a little different than some of the other trackers I have seen, it does not show you your actual results on the bracelet. You need the app to do that. It does give you a red, yellow or green light to let you know where you stand. At first, I wasn’t sure I would like that, I mean I need instant gratification! But I quickly adjusted and actually like the fact that I need to sync it to learn exactly how many steps I took for the day.
The Bowflex App is an integral part of this activity tracker. When you download the free app, you first set your profile by typing in your gender, weight, and height. Then you can set your goals of how many steps you want to take, how many calories you would like to burn and the distance you would like to walk in a day.
The bracelet itself only shows colors: red, yellow, green, purple or blue light. So you will need to sync to your app to see the specifics of how you are doing for the day. It does sync via Bluetooth which is convenient. The red light means that you are just starting, when it turns yellow you are half way to your goal and green means you made it! The activity tracker also keeps track of your sleeping patterns as well. Press and hold the button on the tracker until it turns purple right before you fall asleep and then press it again when you wake to take it out of sleep mode. The blue light is for syncing to your device. Once it is finished syncing to the app, it will automatically disconnect from Bluetooth.
This morning when I did my last sync (see picture below), it shows my activity from during the night. I put it into sleep mode at 9:40 PM and then turned it back on at 5:22 AM giving me 7 hours and 35 minutes of sleep time and then it took me 7 minutes to fall asleep. I did call to find out how it tracks when you fell asleep and was told that it tracks your movement. So when you stop moving around is how it figures out how long it took you to fall asleep. You will also see your movement on the sleep activity page, with spikes on the graph but I guess I had a good night with no movements. Some nights, I see a few spikes. Then between the time I turned sleep mode off (5:22) and my syncing (6:52), you can see my activity level for that hour and a half.
The app shows you your activity for the day, week, month and year in several different formats. As of this syncing at 2:01 PM today, I am only at 29% of my goal (yes I have been pretty inactive today so far!). I can also see what times I have been most active throughout the day on two different graphs.
The bracelet comes with a USB chargeable battery that lasts up to 11 days. I can even charge my Boost in the car with my iPhones charger adapter making it nice for when I am pulling carpool duty. The Boost is also water resistant up to one meter so you can take a shower with it on or even go out in the rain, but it is not recommended to swim in. Bowflex Boost is designed with Bluetooth Smart technology and supports iPhone 4s, 5, 5c, 5s (and newer) and iPad 3, 4, Air, and mini (and newer) as well as select Android phones with Android 4.3 (or newer) and Bluetooth Smart technology like the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One. Make sure to watch as new models will be added soon.
Overall, I really don’t know how I lasted so long without one. I find myself checking to see if I made it to green and at the very least when I am on yellow, I am trying to become more active. I now have a daily goal and with it being so visible, I am working harder to obtain my goal, so thank you Bowflex for giving me something to reach for every day and helping me become more active.
Download the App:
- The Bowflex App is available for iOS and Android – NO LONGER AVAILABLE