Getting your workout and your diet in place is only one part of the picture. Measuring your progress and tracking what’s working or not, is just as quintessential in achieving any of your health and fitness goals. The Singaporean-designed Actxa Sense Smart Scale, is here to do just that. Capable of wireless syncing, the ability to measure hydration and body fat percentage, the Actxa Sense puts the “Smart” in Smart Scales.
Beautifully-designed, the Actxa Sense Smart Scale sports a classy look. The glossy surface makes it look modernistic and appealing.
On the surface of the Actxa Sense is a display along with a few buttons for you to calibrate your personal profile as well.
The device runs on 4 AAA batteries which are provided in the box and should power your weighing scale for a fairly long time.
The Actxa Sense is a comprehensive smart scale that lets you sync your weight into your smartphone, along with the other metrics it captures. This helps you log your progress over time. Whether you want to gain or lose weight, tracking it wirelessly and automatically sure is convenient. All you’ve got to do is pair up the scale with your smartphone and run the Actxa app.
In addition to tracking your weight, the Actxa Sense tracks your body-fat percentage as well. This utilises Bio-impedance Analysis technology to send an electric current through your body to check how much lean mass you are carrying. Don’t worry, the current is harmless. This is the same technology used in most smart scales nowadays. It’s accuracy, to be frank, is not that great, with scientific literature suggesting that the number churned out depends a lot on hydration levels and tonnes of other variables. Nonetheless, it does provide a good measure of progress if you weigh yourself at the same time everyday, I suggest doing it when you first wake up in the morning.
It also tracks your hydration levels, to see if you need more water, or if you are retaining too much water. Sometimes, you look puffy and smooth not because you’re actually that fat, but because you are holding water under your skin thanks to too much sodium and carbohydrates in your diet.
Bone mass is also included in its comprehensive body analysis. This might be of concern more to ageing folks, especially women who are more prone to osteoporosis. If you see a consistent trend of your bone mass dropping, it might be time to start taking in some Calcium or consider getting some Strontium supplements in.
Using all of these measurements, you will be able to derive your daily recommended calorie intake which the scale will display once you finish taking your measurements.
Do you need a S$129 scale? If you are a fitness enthusiast that just finds it too tedious to log down your weight every day, then yes. The added bonus of having your other metrics such as your body-fat tested is something I found to be incredibly useful too. I don’t really believe in the accuracy of the BIA after being in the fitness field for so long, but using it to track progress does have its use in pursuing a fitness or health goal. For the average couch potato just seeking to lose weight, a simple scale under $10 will suffice.
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