InBody Band by InBody is a wearable body composition analyzer created by South Korean InBody that measures steps, heart rate, total calories burned, distance, flights of stairs, vibrating when you get a call or a text and built in alarms. This wearable takes fitness which used to mean wearing multiple devices like a step tracker, heart rate monitor, and a watch and combines them into one.
Using the InBody Band
Putting on the band was easy, and setting it up with my smartphone via Bluetooth was easy once I downloaded the right app was easy to run my first body test. The app provides instructions such as doing it first thing in the morning after standing up for 5 minutes. I ran the test weekly during my month long test of the band and tracked my progress over time. The band has one side button which you can use to cycle through the various tests, the one I looked at the most was my daily steps to ensure I was on track. I found that it matched well with what I had on my iPhone using the built in Apple Health Kit but was much easier since I didn’t need to make sure I had my phone all the time. It requires manual sync, you open up the app and then it will sync – I usually did this at the end of the day to see how close I was to my “goal” of steps. The InBody Band stated it had a battery life of approximately 9 days and I found it lasted six to seven depending on the number of vibration notifications that I got. The band is completely circular and the backside of the LCD is metal and contains biometrics including heart rate and body fat. The “watch” reads on military time which wasn’t something I was used to, but quickly adapted to. The InBody Band comes in three sizes which are determined based on your wrist size. The colors are black, gray, orange, plum and pink. You can also swap out the straps for different colors which means you can wear one color on the weekend and a different color during the week at work if you choose. It is water resistant, meaning you can wash your hands but not immerse the band. Once you do the InBody test it gives you suggestions based on your results and explains your numbers, I thought this was helpful so that I had an idea of what the ranges should be and perhaps gave me motivation to work on it. Some take the tests daily, however, I took them weekly simply because mornings can be pretty hectic here and I wanted to be sure to take it at the same approximate time on the same day to see progress over time. There are two small metal places on the edges of the LCD which you use both to measure your heart rate and take your InBody tests. These connect to the back of the LCD and touch your skin to take the tests. For the heartrate test the instructions were simple and I could do that on the fly. The InBody test suggested that you do it first thing in the morning and so that was the one I did weekly to see progress over time.
I wore the band 26 out of 30 days, the days I didn’t wear it were simply because I had forgotten to charge it or I hadn’t put it on before I left the house. I usually wore it during daytime hours only and took it off at night because I don’t like wearing items on my fingers or wrists at night. I also liked that I didn’t have to worry about losing it, because it was secure on my wrist rather than clipped on like other devices in the market. The battery charged quickly when I did have to charge it and it had a good battery life which meant it wasn’t another item I had to plug in every night like my smartphone. You can go into the app and manually track activity which I did on the days I didn’t wear it, but this was a hassle compared to the days I did wear it.
I really liked an “all in one” device that included my heart rate, steps, calories burned, flights of stairs. The built in movement alarm and the vibration when I got a call were really “bonus features” that reminded me to move or if my phone was on vibrate I wasn’t constantly looking over to see if I had a call. Using the InBody Band encouraged me to get up from my desk when I was working and take movement breaks – which are good for everyone! I’m working on getting more fit in 2016 and will be writing another post about my user experience after a few months to share my update journey. The band has made me more conscious of my movement and has encouraged me to move more – I’ve gone from about 5-7K steps to 10-12K steps on a routine basis and park further away from places as well as working out more. I’ve started taking a daily walk and working out to “get in my activity” and meet my daily goal since I love seeing the world “GOAL” flash across the screen when I meet my goal. I liked that I could wear it and others would not be aware I was using a fitness tracker. There are multiple band colors, I got pink but others would work in the office setting as well and look professional. I always took it off at night and didn’t use the sleep tracker portion simply because I don’t like wearing things at night.
In terms of enhancements, there are two different apps offered for the InBody Band and the instruction book is not clear which one you want to download, I used the wrong one first and it requested a key to try the body assessment, that was my only clue that I had downloaded the wrong app. Luckily the data transferred from one app to the other easily. I do also wish it would sync with the Apple Health Kit which is on my iPhone. There were a few days that I didn’t put on the band first thing in the morning and wasn’t home to put it on so my day was “lost” in terms of the band. You can manually enter in mileage later, but it would have been nice if there was an easier way to sync and track progress over time. I’d also like to see a more user friendly app interface. Currently, you can see your body composition over time as well as distance in a graphical format, but the actual app itself is a bit plain compared to others on the market. I’d also like to see a way to track your heartrate over time, currently you track it and there is no mechanism to keep track of it over time and see changes. I also found that the little “door” to open to charge the band was challenging at times to open, which is good since it meant it was secure, but it would have been nice if there was an easier “trick” to getting it to stay open.
Overall, this is a comprehensive wearable that sets the stage for wearable fitness trackers of the future. I really liked that it incorporated multiple things including a step tracker, biometrics, activity alarm, phone vibration and more into one device. It was an easy setup and frankly encouraged me to be more active and get working on my fitness journey. I’ll be writing another post in a month or so with an update on my fitness journey. As a busy mom of two, I loved the ease of use and reliability of the tracker and how easy it made it for me to keep track of my daily movements. With time and higher adoption I am sure that the InBody Band will become the new standard and more people will start using it.
The InBody Band is available from InBody, Amazon and other retailers for $179.99.
by InBody Co., Ltd.
App created to manage both your InBody and InLab results.
NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.