KiFit Armband Measures Your Fitness During Both Waking And Sleeping Hours
Consider the heart rate monitor or fitness indicator that you use at the gym and then toss into your gym bag until the next day officially sub par. The KiFit monitor doesn't quit when you do. This bad boy slaves over a hot, hairy arm all day to bring you all of your fitness indicators for a healthier, better you.
Like those plebeian fitness monitors you're used to, this device measures steps taken, calories burned and time spent exercising. It does so with a unique set of sensors that measure your body temperature, perspiration and motion. However, unlike those devices of yesterday, the KiFit keeps working while you're getting your beauty sleep, keeping track of how many hours of rest that you log in each night.
I know what you're thinking; I was there too: 'Measuring your sleep is easy enough, why do I need a monitor to do it? Look at the clock before I go to sleep, do a quick equation after I wake up and I've got it. No electronics needed.'
Yes, that's the way it could be--if you didn't toss and turn like a fish out of water for half of the night. The KiFit isn't just leaving it at number of hours lying in bed, but is actually calculating the time spent restfully sleeping. I'm going to guess that time is going to be a little less with a big hunk of monitor strapped to your arm. Still, it would be pretty interesting to see how much sleep that you actually get in a night.
Once you've logged in some data, you can connect the KiFit to your computer and see data and graphing of your fitness indicators using the Online Activity Manager. You can use the software to set goals, plan your food and track your fitness. You can see how many calories that you burned over time and can isolate at certain times to see where you're lacking. If you enter in what you eat, the software will even give you a comparison of calories burned vs. calorie intake.
This is a serious device for a devoted fitness hound. And it carries an equally serious price tag. You're looking at 99 pounds for the device (close to $150). At first blush--not too bad. After all, this thing does a lot more than the cheapo pedometer you pulled out of a cereal box. But then they tag you with a $20 monthly online software subscription fee. And without the software, it seems like this would be a pretty silly thing to buy. That's how they getcha'--give you a cheap taste and keep comin' back for more.
On the bright side, this would probably be cheaper than hiring a personal trainer. Plus, you can throw this one in a closet when it's time to quit exercising and eat cake. Try that with Cal, your trainer and life coach, and you'll be hurting.
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