Message From Chris:
From time to time, we will feature guest bloggers on this site to offer different perspectives and advice for achieving your health and wellness goals as well as maximizing your BodyMedia experience.
This week our guest blogger is Nic Wilson, (you may know him as Nic The Intern from our Facebook page). Nic recently had a very interesting experience using the Armband BW at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas and wanted to share not only his Las Vegas adventure with you, but a new benefit he learned from using the product.
For those of you who have ever been an intern, you know that sometimes you are asked to do some pretty mundane tasks. Well I can honestly say that last week at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, I lived an intern’s dream.
You can imagine my surprise and the many thoughts that went through my mind when my boss came to me a few months ago to inform me of her plans for the big Consumer Electronics Show that was coming up in Las Vegas. She wanted to me to “do Las Vegas as I normally would” (a 23 year old). You know, sort of The Hangover meets The Office.
Of course, the purpose of this exercise did have an underlying work-related goal, which was to show people the value of having the up-to-date streams of information that the new Armband BW enabled Bluetooth® wireless technology gives you. So during the four days of the show, I tracked my calorie intake and burn, steps taken, and of course sleep efficiency (which I didn’t see much of), in real-time.
So the planning of my activities began, keeping in mind my grandma would be viewing each of my activities, of course. I wanted to start the show off with a bang and I love risk taking, so I convinced BodyMedia’s Chief Technology Officer to jump out of an airplane with me for a skydive landing near the front doors of CES on opening day. I was surprised to see how many calories this activity burned!
As a side note, the Armband BW was named as a Bluetooth SIG best of CES award winner in the Next category for emerging technologies. Armed with my Armand BW, I tracked how many calories each of my crazy activities burned. Dancing with the Chippendales burned 130. The 5-kilometer race at Lake Mead and the whole process of skydiving onto the ninth fairway of the Las Vegas Country Club on the opening morning of CES each burned over 1,000 calories!
Even though it is not my personal goal to lose weight, I am always using the Armband to maintain my weight and enhance my fitness regimen. But in Las Vegas, I found another important use. Through all of my crazy activities and lack of sleep, I learned I wasn’t taking in the amount of calories I needed to be able to maintain my energy levels and fulfill my product demonstration duties. Of course I wanted to do a bang up job – what kind of intern doesn’t!
I was surprised to see how many calories I actually burned and the Armband notified me when I wasn’t eating enough. I was experiencing deficits of 3,000 to 4,000 calories a day. I was pushing it to the limits and not replenishing my body with calories relative to my burn. For next time, I will be sure to set reminders on the Armband for myself to have some snacks around.
Now, of course, the intensity of my activity level in Las Vegas was higher than usual, but many of us move at a very fast pace with all of our daily responsibilities and activities. The importance of making sure we are taking care of ourselves is vital to our overall health to allow us to be able to achieve our daily tasks, take risks and most importantly, have a little fun!
Drop me a comment and let me know if you have had a similar experience and how you made adjustments.
If you want to read more about my adventures, visit FollowNicsBand.
Nic’s Vital Stats throughout CES:
- 24,780 total calories burned, 76,815 steps taken, 2,324 minutes of activity, 13 Hours and 42 minutes of sleep.
- Burned over 1,000 calories prepping for, jumping, and landing during the skydive into Las Vegas.
- Recorded moderate activity steering a Lamborghini around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, performing with the Chippendales, and dancing at Moon in the Palms.
- Recorded vigorous activity through mixed martial arts cardio workout at Extreme Couture, running the stairs at Planet Hollywood, and 5K around Lake Mead.
- Logged thousands of steps within just 3 hours in the Convention Center for CES.