Weight Watchers members, rejoice! Our activity monitor got an upgrade! Introducing: ActiveLink 2.0!
I was super excited to hear about the release of the upgraded Active Link. There are so many changes that I am completely in love with. I’ve always loved my Active Link, but this upgrade has taken that love to a whole new level.
What is Active Link?
Active Link is the Weight Watchers specific activity monitor. You can not use it unless you have an active E-tools account with Weight Watchers. Active Link does not count steps, but it keeps track of your activity in terms of Activity Points you have essentially earned back.
What’s in the box?
As you can see, there is a whole mess of things inside the box:
- Active Link 2.0 activity monitor
- 2 wristbands
- A belt/bra clip
- A key ring/necklace clip
- Multiple colored rings
- Micro USB cable
- User Manual
What’s new with 2.0?
I am SO excited about the new features on the Active Link 2.0
- Mobile app syncs with ActiveLink via bluetooth so you can see your progress without taking it off.
- Tracks sleep quality
- Better lighting system to give you a more accurate read on your progress
- Option to wear on your wrist
If you are a current ActiveLink user, plug your old one in (if you’ve been wearing it) to make sure you have the most up to date records on your account, then just plug in the new one (you might need to download new software first.. I went ahead and did it), log in, and you’re all set to go.
If you are new to ActiveLink, once you set it up, you will wear it for an 8 day assessment so it can learn more about your activity level. It will then create goals for you to gradually increase your amount of activity.
What do the lights mean?
In the old ActiveLink, the lights gave you a rough estimate of you progress toward goal. Now, there are lights that will blink in a yellow/orange color is you haven’t reached your baseline* yet, and they’ll blink green once you have hit your baseline. The lights also show progress in 10% increments rather than 25%
**Your baseline is the amount of movement you need to get before you actually start earning Points Plus values back**
This could very well be my favorite part. I keep my ActiveLink on my bra, so in order for me to check my progress I have to dig for it. Once I’ve got it, I either have to let the lights give me a vague idea of how I’m doing, or I plug it in to the computer to get an accurate reading. No more!! Thanks to the bluetooth technology in ActiveLink 2.0 I can get up to the second updates on how I’m progressing through my day. No digging in my shirt, no plugging it in. Score!
More than that, the app has features like estimating when you will achieve your base line and you goal based o current activity and it will send you notifications when you have done so. I love seeing my phone light up saying I’ve met my base line. There is just so much awesomeness in the accessibility of this app.
2.0 also tracks your sleep when you turn on the sleep mode and wear it on you non-dominant wrist. Much like the Fit Bit technology, it tells you how long it took you to fall asleep, any times you stirred throughout the night, and what your overall sleep efficiency was for the evening. There’s even a little option for you to pick how satisfied you were with your quality of sleep. As you can see, I was not thrilled the day I took this screen shot.
The one thing I noticed is there was a day where my phone kept telling me I was in sleep mode, but clearly I was moving (it does warn you if you forgot to turn off sleep mode. Very smart). It turned on sleep mode 4 times during that day. I’m not sure if I was leaning on the button or what, but it was only one day and I haven’t had a problem since.
The app is free, but of course you need you paid Etools account to use is app just like the other Weight Watchers apps.
A few other things to note:
- The belt/bra clip is tighter than the old one, which is awesome. No risk of it falling off this time
- Check out the size difference between the original and the upgrade. I love how much smaller it is. This makes it much easier to wear on my bra.
- It does cost $5 a month (added on to your Weight Watchers subscription) to use the awesome technology behind Active Link. Worth it!
- I am redoing my week long assessment (starting today, actually) to make sure that the Active Link is reading things right. I’ve been convinced that it has been easier for me to hit my goals with the new device, so I want to make sure I’m not cheating myself by assuming I earn more Points Plus Values back when I’m not.
All in all I would say I am pretty in love with Active Link 2.0. You can get them at your local Weight Watchers store for $59.95. If you’re thinking about joining WW, you could get yours for free with a month pass purchase until 12/27/14. Awesome! This would be a great holiday gift for the Weight Watchers member in your life. While some have has some syncing problems, I have had no major problems to speak of, so in my book everything is wonderful.
Go out there and be active!