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Need to know: Runtastic Orbit

Runtastic Orbit $119.99
Runtastic Orbit $119.99
Kenneth Fish

Wearable technology, especially activity monitors, have become all the rage over the past couple years, and for good reason. According to the Journal of American Medical Association “more than one-third (or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese.” This is both costly and dangerous with obese people (BMI >30) shelling out $1,429 more in 2008 on medical expenses than those with an average BMI of between 18.5 and 25 (source). Even if you are not overweight, getting into the habit of being more active throughout the day, especially when being held accountable by a tracking device, is one way to shed a few pounds, feel a bit better, and generally speaking, improve your quality of life, that’s why you need to know about the Runtastic Orbit.

Now, before you start blasting me with emails about fat-shaming, you should know that I’m a big man (6’ 2” 235#) and always have been (before I was a big man, I was a big boy). In fact, I was perfectly happy being almost 300 pounds, but it was hurting my body. My knees were unhappy, my hips hurt, but when my pancreas started to go on the fritz I knew it was time for some lifestyle changes. Instead of going on yet another crash diet, I incrementally became more active while consuming just a little less of all the foods I love.

The Orbit, like those that have come before it, is a small, lightweight activity monitor that can be worn on the wrist or clipped to a pants pocket, belt, or shirt collar. What sets the Orbit apart from the other trackers out there is its apps. The Runtastic Me application (Android & iPhone compatible) and the Runtastic Pro (works with Android Wear!), if you are looking to get seriously comprehensive, can help you track everything from steps and distance to calories burned and active minutes. Orbit also tracks sleep and rates sleep quality, thanks in part to its ambient light sensor, and mood by two quick taps of the navigation button. It also features time, and alarm, idle notification, and it is waterproof to 100 meters.

The Runtastic Orbit comes with two wristbands, one clip, and a USB charging cable. It has a built in rechargeable battery that charges quickly and is long lasting. When using Orbit Connect other Runtastic apps use the Orbit as a secondary display which can be accessed using the navigation button.

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