I am a big advocate of walking as an effective form of exercise. I encourage all of my clients to walk on a regular basis. I also like them to make their walking more “active” by incorporating more muscles. Nordic walking is a great way to do this.
One of the challenges many people (and even my clients!) face is sticking with a regular walking program. We are all busy; there are many things that occupy our day and take away from our exercise and walking time. As a result we let our regular walk schedule go. The challenge people find with walking (and most exercise programs) is staying regular and motivated.
I am not a big fan of pedometers. I am not a gadget type person. Having to fuss with a device means that it will probably not get used.
However, I was recently approached by a company out of Vancouver to evaluate a new product that they make. It is called Tractivity. It is like a pedometer (they call that part of the product a sensor) but it does more. In fact, it “tracks your activity” – as the name of the product implies.
I used the Tractivity product for about a month before it became publicly available. Here are several observations that I think are important related to this product:
Tractivity is Easy to Setup.
There is no configuration with the sensor. The company gave me two options to use the sensor. The first option: I could use a clip and secure the sensor to my shoe using my shoe laces. Alternatively, I could use the insole that they provided. There is a slot at the case of the insole to house the sensor. I found the first option (clipping the sensor to my shoe laces) much more convenient. The insole has to be modified to fit inside my shoe and was not comfortable. And besides, I have several pairs of shoes and boots so the insole was not practical. As a result, I opted for the clip.
Setting up my online account (to track my activity) was a snap. I provided my email address, a password and some basic information and I had access to the online account in no time.
Tractivity is Easy to Use
Syncing my sensor with the online account was easy. Tractivity provides a USB stick to wirelessly talk to your sensor. The USB reads your history and the web access from your computer uploads the information into your online account.
Seeing My Progress Was Motivational
I found that seeing my daily walking activity very motivational. In fact I was surprised at how much walking I did between walking the dog, running about to see clients, dealing with daily chores and … going for a walk!
The Tractivity Solution
There are two product configurations for Tractivity. The Essential Bundle includes the sensor, the USB stick and a placeholder clip. The Premium Bundle includes all of the items in the Essential Bundle plus the pair of insoles and a measuring tape.
I recommend the Tractivity. It is easy to use and setup. It is a great motivator. Its only shortcoming I could find was that it was not convenient for people who wear shoes with no laces. people with custom insoles will have to use the laceholder.
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