For those wanting a comprehensive solution for tracking their daily physical activity and calories burned, the BodyMedia CORE Armband is an ideal solution. It isn't cheap, but the convenient tracking offered by the CORE Armband is more than worth it to some, although the recurring subscription cost makes it a harder pill to swallow when looking at using the armband over the long-term. Our only real gripe is with the device itself is its lackluster appearance. The BodyMedia CORE Armband is much more special than your average heart rate monitor, and it's exterior styling should say so! The subtle nature of the design may be appealing to some, but for something that is meant to be warn day in and day out, it would be nice to have more personalization options. BodyMedia already offers a custom strap option at an extra charge, and finishing the device itself in various shades would give the user more options to make their CORE their own. We're sure that if BodyMedia were to start finishing these in iPod colorwares, they would draw quite a crowd.
The CORE armband itself is a fantastic instrument and provides data to keep you motivated and track your activity, but BodyMedia has put alot of time into their data interface, and it shows. It's clean, easy to follow, and allows you to track trends and habits which may be helping or hurting your goals. Calorie consumption tracking can be huge to maintaining weight-loss goals, and BodyMedia makes it very easy to do. Our only gripe with the online data is that in order to view the data, the armband must connected to your computer, so you aren't able to add to your daily calorie intake or track your progress without having the device plugged in.
Overall, the CORE Armband from BodyMedia is functional, easy to use, provides metrics which may help you break through that wall in your weight-loss program, and keep you motivated and ontop of your goals. Although the cost is high, and it's coupled with a monthly subscription, it just might be the little boost you need to finally meet your ever-evasive goals, and whether or not that's worth it to you, is, of course, up to you.
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