Weight Watchers Activelink: Yes or No?

by Kenlie Tiggeman on November 13, 2012

After weighing in last night I stayed for the meeting, and it was mostly about ActivelinkWeight Watchers’ new activity tracking gadget.

Before we discuss the ActiveLink I suppose I should admit that I’ve gained almost three pounds since my last meeting.  I knew that I’d be heavier when I stepped on the scale, but I’m also excited/relieved that I live close enough to attend my meeting regularly now.  Now let’s talk about this new gadget.

The piece costs just under $40, and there’s a $5 charge per month on top of the monthly pass fee that I already pay.

While I did not like that the meeting was all about why I should spend more money, I did like learning about its features.

People in my meeting have been using them for weeks, and most seem to love it.   I’m just not sure that it’s right for me.

At one point I owned a Bodybugg, and I found myself using it as an excuse not to move more.  I was happy to see that I was active, but I used it as a crutch.  It would be fun to try Activelink, but I wonder if I would use it as a crutch as well.

Do you have an Activelink, or a similar gadget?  Do think tracking gadgets are useful, or do you think they’re a waste of money?

 

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Clare November 13, 2012 at 1:22 am

I really don’t feel like the Activelink is worth it. There are so many other products that offer the same features for a much cheaper cost. I have a Fitbit, which I LOVE. The initial cost is a bit more, but there is no monthly charge (which I think is ridiculous on Weight Watchers part). My Fitbit does everything WW claims it activelink does, except convert my calories and steps into Points Plus conversions, but that is something that can be easily converted in eTools.

I really don’t see how Weight Watchers can justify the initial cost and the monthly charge when there are so many other products that do the same thing for free after the initial cost…

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Kenlie November 13, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I didn’t realize that fitbit didn’t have a monthly charge. That’s even better! Wow..

I’m not a fan of the monthly cost because I’m already paying them os much per month.

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Karen March 2, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Clare, I have been deciding whether to invest in the fitbit or Activelink, but I am more interested in fitbit because it can monitor my sleep patterns. Also, what I want to understand is HOW do you convert the calories the Fitbit records into activity points? I would like to understand how to do this BEFORE I decide if I want to purchase an Activelink. I just think if I’m tracking my food on WW , then I will need to transfer all my activity “calories” burned from my fitbit into “points” onto my WW etools activity section. How many calories burned equals an activity point?
Thanks, Karen

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Vicki August 1, 2013 at 1:11 pm

I have heard that 80 calories is one point. This isn’t always the case but it’s a good estimate. Some people say 100 calories is a point just to be conservative. Hope this helps

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Beverly December 9, 2013 at 12:20 pm

It is NOT 80 calories to 1 PointPlus on ActiveLink. You have to reach your baseline activity amount (the amount of activity you would otherwise do to get through the day) BEFORE you start accumulating PointsPlus. I run 4 miles. I expend 600 calories just on my run, but I DO NOT get 7.5 PointsPlus for my run on ActiveLink. If you do this, you are definitely in danger of recording more Activity PointsPlus than you are really getting. If I JUST run for the day, I will get maybe (maybe) 5 PointsPlus for the whole day.

Rick April 2, 2013 at 2:22 pm

I agree Clare,

Fitbit has a social element so you can link with your friends and track/compete with them. Activelink does NOT.

My company has endorsed MyFitnessPal and has linked the cafeteria food to it via bar code scanning. They cannot do it with Activelink as WW won’t allow the proprietary use of POINTS outside of THEIR program. This is shallow minded.

WW should license the use of the POINT system and get their revenue and allow entrepreneurs to build apps and advertise the WW brand. HELLO! YOU AREN”T GOING TO LOSE REVENUE but instead CREATE a NEW STREAM !!!

The $5/month is for what?, profit?? They haven’t updated the feature set so it doesn’t justify the extra spend.

Come on WW, get with it! Either improve Activelink to include a more robust set of features WITH updates or remove the monthly. That is the only way to compete with Fitbit, which has a higher initial price point BUT NO monthly.

WW has dinosaurs in their marketing dept., to their demise.

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jules- big girl bombshell November 13, 2012 at 8:58 am

I love my Active Link…I have tried quite a few other “gadgets” and fell into similar “attitudes’ that you mentioned.

I like the active link primarily because it is based on ME not stats or other numbers. It takes a week to track what the normal active of the user and then measures if you continue that or move more.

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Kenlie November 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I wonder if Activelink would be different than other gadgets. I’m glad to hear that you think it is!

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Tammy November 13, 2012 at 10:01 am

I’m not in WW right now, but I saw the FB and Twitter updates about ActiveFit. I would be perturbed at the monthly fee. Fitbit might cost more upfront, but then it is free. Of course, if you don’t think it will motivate you, then I would save the money.

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Kenlie November 14, 2012 at 2:23 am

Yeah..it’s probably just not for me, and that’s okay…

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Tammy Herrin November 13, 2012 at 10:32 am

I have a BodyMedia which is pretty similar to a BodyBugg but it monitors your sleep as well. I love my armband and use it regularly, but if you used yours as a crutch you’d probably have a similar experience to the ActiveLink.

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Kenlie November 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm

I think the BodyBugg monitors sleep too, right? I don’t recall.

I’ll probably just continue without either gadget…

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Dena February 19, 2014 at 1:06 am

Body Media is not good for swimmers or watersports. ActiveLink is suppose to be okay ro swim with. so that is a plus

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Adam November 13, 2012 at 11:15 am

Just came across your blog and it is really great! Also, my wife and I love NOLA so it makes it even better. Thanks for sharing your story!

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Patty November 13, 2012 at 11:37 am

I don’t have any of the other gadgets so I think it’s worth it because it speaks WW language when it translates to points.

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Karen November 13, 2012 at 12:58 pm

I have the fit bit and bought it because there is no monthly fee. I do not eat my activity points and would not want to have them (WW) give me more points to eat. They have new fit bits that are as little as 60 bucks. I use mine to make sure I get my daily steps.

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Bailey @ Onederland or Bust! November 13, 2012 at 1:37 pm

I’m not new to WW, but I recently signed up for WW online last week. I live in Canada and they’re promoting something “new” coming in December. I’m going to assume that it’s the ActiveLink and the States had the new PP+ before we did as well. I’m interested to hear more about it, but I’m not sure I would purchase it… the cost will likely be higher for us Canadians as well.

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Michelle November 13, 2012 at 2:24 pm

I use a simple pedometer. I’m not sure what all the other trackers use, but I simply aim to keep my number of steps over 10,000 (OK, I don’t try too hard on the weekend) and often try to do 12,000 steps each day. If it is lower than I want it to be, I go for another walk. It has helped me be motivated.

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Vickie November 13, 2012 at 6:09 pm

I love your blog. I don’t think I’ve ever commented before but I read it regularly :) I have both the Fitbit and the active link. I had the fitbit before I got my active link and I used it to figure activity points based on the total daily steps option of the WW on line tracker. When the ActiveLink came out I bought it. I figured if I didn’t like it I could cancel the monthly subscription and just go back to using my Fitbit. What I found is that, even using the WW on line daily steps option, I was overestimating my activity points. I wore both for a while and found that the points I got with my ActiveLink were consistently less than what I figured with my FitBit…even though I was using the WW site to calculate.

Another thing I love about the ActiveLink is that it’s waterproof. I shorted out my first Fitbit by wearing it on my bra while I ran. The sweat got inside of it and ruined it. Not a problem with the active link.

So, even though I really didn’t expect to like my ActiveLink as much as I do….I love it and, for me, it’s been totally worth the money.

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Amanda November 13, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Currently, I don’t plan on getting one, but people seem to be excited about it.

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Kim November 13, 2012 at 8:51 pm

I have a FitBit. A friend of mine introduced me to it earlier in the year and I love it. We’ve linked ours together and get to see each others progress and it helps to motivate us. I love it so much I bought spares and got one for my Mom. It has many options that you can turn on. And there is no monthly fee which is what I like.

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Corinna November 14, 2012 at 9:22 am

I have a basic Fitbit tracker. I like it because its small (I have the Fitbit Zip) it’s incredibly simple to use and since I wear it in the center of my bra, I don’t know it’s there so I’m not constantly looking at it. I haven’t changed too much as far as my fitness routine or my eating but I know how much I’m moving in a day and how many calories I’m burning. The cost can be big, they start at $60.00 depending on the model you want but there isn’t a monthly fee unless you want all the special website features (I get the features on other free sites that offers a ton of support).

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Mrs. O November 14, 2012 at 9:53 am

I have the Fitbit and the only benefit I got out of it was getting an idea of my sleep pattern. Other than that – for me – it was just a pedometer and not always very accurate (for example, it counted “steps” when I rode in a car or bus, and the times I’d go up stairs, it just counted them as walking and not stair climbing, which it’s supposed to do). Unless you have friends you can link with (and are the competitive type, I’m not), it didn’t push me to want to do more activity. Hubby wasn’t thrilled with the Fitbit either and convinced me to try the ActiveLink.

What I like about the ActiveLink is that is that is does an 8 day assessment first; you go about your normal activities for 7 days and on the 8th day, you get feedback as to what your regular activity level is. Then it gives you a 12 week challenge to help you increase your activity. Each day during the challenge, you try to reach 100% goal in the challenge. It encourages and motivates me to move. You can use it for walking, running, biking, and swimming … you can’t use the Fitbit in water. Another great thing is my coach is my WW leader, who emails me and helps motivate me to get moving.

When I think about how easily I can spend $5 on a pastry or a magazine and then show a gain at weigh in, I find the $5 a month fee is totally worth it. :)

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Jenn May 9, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Great comment Mrs. O! For two weeks, I have been going back and forth between the Fitbit and the ActiveLink. This sums up for me and I think the ActiveLink will fit my needs best.

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Kelly November 17, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Mrs. O, I know your post was over a year ago, but you sealed the deal for me as well. Ive read complaints for it, and raves, mostly people complaining about the monthly fee. Your right, what would I spend that on? So, monthly, Ill cut out one starbucks coffee, theres my $5. Thank you for your review!!

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Sharon November 14, 2012 at 11:17 am

I use the Active Link and love it. I feel compelled to hit 100% every day, and when I’m close, I will stand in front of the TV when I get home and do side steps, or walk in place, anything, to reach my 100%. For me that is priceless. It motivates me, keeps me active, reminds me to keep going.
Anything that keeps me off the couch and my butt in gear is worth its weight in gold. I absolutely love it!

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Julie Ann November 15, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I have a fit bit zip and I absolutely LOVE it, but I am interested in the Active Link. My question for those of you that have been using it is this — does it wirelessly sync to your e-tools or do you actually have to sit down at a computer and do it?

That is the one thing I really love about my fit bit zip is that I can just refresh my app on my Ipad and I have an idea of where I’m at and I don’t have to do anything extra that I would probably forget to regularly do.

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Leigh November 25, 2012 at 10:30 am

I’ve had Active Link for 3 months….total waste of money. First of all, it’s not made very well, the clasp snaps easily. I thought maybe I wasn’t putting on correctly, but after 3 holders…which all snapped at some point, I don’t think so. Also…it falls off easily, and doesn’t stay in place.
1) made poorly
2) doesn’t monitor activity correctly
3) the “help” section is worthless…use common sense and you’ll get more help.
4)Their help phone line is useless -I asked 8 questions and the answer was either “I don’t know” or “I can’t help you with that”.
5)It is hard to cancel the subscription…that was the final straw.

I’ve bought WW pedometers, and some were not made well -a few were great. This is not worth the price, a good pedometer will help as much, maybe more.

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Ruca May 3, 2013 at 5:29 pm

I understand your frustration, but I have called the help line and they were able to answer all of my Activelink related questions. It measures correctly and overall, I dont think you understood the point of this device.

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Pamela December 8, 2012 at 7:59 am

I feel the best money spent would be on a heart rate monitor fitness watch. They are so affordable. Mine has quite a few features but my main goal is to track my heart rate and calories burned during that time. It also transfers the data as soon as I’m near the USB dongle. It challenges me to work harder or longer and I have lost the most weight since getting it. I looked at the Fitbit and the bug and the reviews were all over the place and that wasn’t good enough for me. I really wanted to make sure my money was spent wisely. I’m so happy with my choice. You can also get an app, an ant+ device and a chest strap to use with your iPhone and if you have the iPhone 4s or 5 you only need the app (think they are free) and the chest strap. If you just want something free, get the Nike running app for iPhone. You can use it to walk too and the calories burned are the closest in accuracy to my heart rate monitor. To me, these little gadgets are a waste of money, but that’s just my opinion….I also don’t believe you should pay anybody a fee to lose weight. I agree that weight watchers is good, but you could put that money away weekly to buy your new wardrobe when you reach your goal weight. If you need the accountability, connect with friends and family who want to lose weight or get a church group together. thats what i did and its amazing. I started my healthy lifestyle at the end of July 2012, I have lost 46 pounds with just over 70 to go!

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SandiLou January 9, 2013 at 11:11 am

Best advice I’ve read yet about saving the $5 monthly fee for the new wardrobe!

Do you know the name of the iPhone app that works with the chest strap?

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Pamela January 9, 2013 at 5:33 pm

There are a few. My husband just bought the polar link chest strap for his iphone 5. His favourite is the Sports Tracker App. You can use it without the strap and the calories burned are based off your personal profile. I have used it without and like it too.

Other apps are polar beat, runkeeper (second in line), I cardio, these are ones we have used and aren’t too bad.

I have also tried the free version of runtastic and it doesn’t offer a free music player ( I like an integrated music player) and my calories burned are wayyyyyy off, just way over estimated.

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Shannon January 18, 2013 at 11:05 pm

Honestly, if you can do it alone, that’s great. But I found WW invaluable, and it was by far the best $18 a month I ever spent. It’s not the accountability for me — I never got why I would care if strangers thought I was doing enough — it’s the actual system. I’ve tried tracking calories and nutrition, and the longest I could stay with it was about 3 weeks. And even then my results sucked! WW on the other hand I’ve been doing off and on (pregnancy is a no-go for diets:) for 5 or 6 years now and I’ve had great results. I’ve lost 85 lbs and kept it off, and happily.

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Lou February 3, 2014 at 10:36 am

I agree! I’ve lost 30 pounds since October and I use the online WW program. I don’t look at it as ” paying someone to lose weight”. If you go to a gym you are paying someone for the tools to help you to exercise more efficiently. It is reasonable to pay a fee to get the tools necessary to manage your weight loss efforts. That $18 per month had helped me drop two sizes and I’m on my way to three! Trust me, Ill find the money to buy my new smaller clothes without that eighteen bucks! As for the Active Link, it sounds like the people who don’t like it are angry that the unit doesn’t start counting until the baseline is achieved. I don’t log activity points, preferring to just lose more weight rather than getting permission to eat more. But I would rather it track VERY conservatively if I were going to eat my activity points. Friends who do have it, love it, as far as I’ve heard.

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Tamara June 10, 2014 at 6:21 pm

I am a WW member and I have the Activelink. I have tried pedometers and other devices, I did not find that any of them motivated me like those 4 little green lights will and I will do just about anything to meet my goal. I also like that I can adjust the goal over time so that I have to move more throughout the day to make my goal. I also feel that $5 is a small price to pay for the benefits I have gained. My philosophy is this: I am investing in my health, longevity, and well-being. That is priceless. My goal is to make lifetime (hit goal weight and maintain it) and then I won’t have to pay anymore for my monthly membership. Win-Win as far as I’m concerned. Nothing has ever worked for me as well as WW.

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Deb December 27, 2012 at 10:30 am

Is the ActiveLink water proof to wear in the pool?

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Marilyn January 5, 2013 at 12:31 am

Yes, I wear mine in the pool and it still works because it’s completely waterproof.

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Michelle February 22, 2013 at 9:32 pm

I think that it is waterproof up to 3.3 ft deep.

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Jen @ Savory Simple December 31, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I’m not a fan at all and am hoping I can get a refund (though not optimistic). It doesn’t motivate me, it just adds guilt when I haven’t accomplished the goal it sets for me.

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Michelle February 22, 2013 at 9:34 pm

If the package hasn’t been opened, you can get a refund, but if it has been opened, they will not accept it back and you are unfortunately out of luck.

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Sarah January 2, 2013 at 2:50 pm

I cancelled the ActiveLink subscription.
1. Wasn’t very accurate and before you say I wasn’t tracking accurately, I would like to point out I have lost over 100 lbs doing my current activity.
2. It doesn’t track anything for yoga, bike riding, paddling and many other activities
3. Another monthly fee.

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Shannon January 18, 2013 at 11:07 pm

It doesn’t track yoga? Well, then that sorta seals it for me — I do Pilates 6 days a week and while it’s not terribly aerobic, it does burn some! And I want credit for those!

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Joyce January 27, 2013 at 10:26 am

I just bought ActiveLink and initially hesitated because of the monthly fee. However, I spend 3 to 4 times that amount at Starbucks each week. Reading through the material I saw we’re you have to go in and “name” certain activities for it to track them accurately. I think yoga was one of these activities.

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Michelle February 22, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Active link tracks movement:
1. Up and Down
2. Forward and Backwards
3. Side to side

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Jaspen April 30, 2013 at 6:42 am

So for bike riding, you could put it in a leg pocket? Paddling, strap it to your arm?

jenifer2013 January 15, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I just went through the assesment period. Come to find out the days I clean house is the days I am most active. I love it so far though. I fell into over estimating my workouts and so by doing that I gave my self to many points. For me no 60 minutes of Zumba does not equal being able to eat a banana split, I only earned 3 activity points so it showed me wow that is only one once of pretzels. That was very useful honestly. Now I try once an hour at work to walk down the hall way down the stairs and then back up just to move some. I also find that i want to meet that goal it has me on and see what i can do to even work harder. I love that it comes up on my tracker too and everything is there and easy for me. The 5 dollars a month really isn’t bad to be honest. I wear mine clipped to my bra and have not had any issues with it falling off either. I find it motivates me.

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Karan January 15, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Hmmmm my question about the Activelink is what happens if you stop WW? Then you have no activelink? Or can you use the service without WW. Or when you become a lifetime member and don’t have to pay monthly fees do you just receive a bill for $5.00?
Would hate to have a useless actvity monitor………

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Shannon January 18, 2013 at 11:08 pm

You have to have WW Online to have ActiveLink. And I’m sure you’d have to keep paying the ActiveLink cost once you were at lifetime as well.

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Beverly January 6, 2014 at 11:55 pm

I am a Lifetime Member and I use ActiveLink. I pay the $5/month; that’s my only fee.

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Ashley January 16, 2013 at 2:29 am

I have activelink and I really really love it. What I like the most is the fact that I get credit for things that I had never counted before. Also I run a lot and and on my CT days, I do not put the same intensity into my workouts. Activelink has caused me to make more changes so I can get more points.

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Jenifer2013 January 16, 2013 at 8:04 am

I was told that the active link charge of 5 dollars will apply and still work when I make it to lifetime. I am not sure if I quit WW how it will work though. I usually work out at the end of the day and so I would have met my baseline points by then so last night after doing 45 minutes of zumba I could see that I had earned 3 activity points. I am not very high on the intensity (hard to move this much weight around but I will take those 3 points). As I mentioned before it motivates me to stay active, every red light I get to I car dance now because every little bit helps.

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Jacquie January 16, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Yes you can continue to use your Active Link after you reach lifetime status. Your etools is free when you reach lifetime, and they just charge the credit card you used to sign up for etools $5 every month for the Active Link. I’ve been lifetime for 9 years, and absolutely love my Active Link! It definately motivates me to stay active.

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Manda January 17, 2013 at 3:22 pm

I just found your blog while looking for ActiveLink reviews, and the comments are very interesting. I did get a FitBit last April, and I loved it until it up and died sometime around October or November and stopped holding a charge. I couldn’t even get through a whole day, or a day and a half, without it dying. I’m still waiting for my FitBit replacement (I had the Ultra, and they were apparently out of those, so they were sending me a replacement of the FitBit One as of last week), which is kind of frustrating, because I know my last FitBit was shipped from location near me, and I still haven’t gotten the replacement yet. I’m interested in trying ActiveLink because of the integration with the WW site, so thank you all for the comments. :)

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Kayla January 29, 2013 at 10:18 am

I just started WW online and I’ve done it before, this time I’m hoping for more. is there anyone who already owns an ActiveLink who is willing to part with it at a discounted price? I’ve read mixed feelings about it and its a lot to fork over for something that I may not like.

Thanks

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Kelly Z January 30, 2013 at 10:12 am

I’m going to cancel my Active Link. Yes, it’s sturdy – I’ve washed and dried it twice and it’s still going – but the clasp is not and without the clasp I forget it and don’t wear it.

Also, I track all the time so it’s no problem for me to simply track my activity on-line or through the mobile app.

Some of the members love their Active Link and some don’t get much out of it. I’m going to take the $5 and join the gym where I work and actually move, which is the whole point of the AL anyway. My company pays the rest of the gym membership so it’s a win win – no AL and instead a gym membership for no extra dollars per month.

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Skibum February 2, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Why do people use weight watchers when they can use myfitnesspal.com or other free apps that don’t charge monthly fees. Myfitnesspal tracks your workouts and pedometers are cheap (and don’t charge monthly fees). Not that it is alot, but still don’t get paying for something you can get for free.

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Jenifer2013 February 3, 2013 at 7:34 pm

I can understand why some would ask why use weight watchers (espcially if you only do it online) but I love the meetings. It is great to hear others stories and bond with Friends and understand it is a struggle for so many and it is about changing a behavior and your lifestyle not just losing weight or dieting. I know the meeting I go to works more like group counseling then anything else. And 35 dollars a month for 4 group counseling sessions is a good price (also my insurance covers the cost of my membership as my doctor provides referrals every 3 months) it was this o surgery, and now I am down 26 pounds and feel so much better, I am off one of my 4 heart meds too. It doesn’t work for everyone but the activelink got me moving. Also I plan to make lifetime then it will not cost me.

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Katy April 18, 2013 at 12:03 pm

I’ve used my fitness pal for 3 months without any results. It simply tracks calories, when there are things like the quality of those calories that you should be tracking. On weight watchers I’ve lost 30 pounds, you can’t put a price on that. My fitness pal is a good tool, and does work for some, but WW is proven to work for me.

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Erin February 4, 2013 at 8:01 pm

I like the ActiveLink because not only does it calculate everything to points for me but it gives me challenges to motivate me to do more.

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Erin February 4, 2013 at 8:03 pm

I like the Active Link not only does it covert everything to points but it gives me challenges to motivate me to do more.

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Michele February 7, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Just got my ActiveLink yesterday so I am in the “get to know you phase”… Can someone tell me….do I have to plug it in to the computer every night to link up….or just every few days, once a week????

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Teresa February 7, 2013 at 7:09 pm

I love Active Link. I don’t mind paying the $5 at all just for the convenience of having everything accurately recorded for me. Love it!

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Yolonda February 9, 2013 at 6:02 pm

So what I’m getting from the WW Active Link is that your required to be a part of the WW for a lifetime… Which I thought WW was to help learn and establish a new attitude towards food and lifestyle one that you should not have to be attached to for the rest of your life… It appears that Active Link is just another way to make money rather than helping individuals to be successful in their lives with out WW…. I have just recently rejoined the WW program but no the ‘online’ nor ‘the pay as you go’ options I opted for paying for the 17 week commitment to which I did before and was successful… Not into paying out more money than needed would rather learn the new techniques put them in my tool box that will last a life time…

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joan April 6, 2013 at 8:29 pm

and you’re dissing WW and you’re back because? you like it?

WW is teaching lifestyle changes that should be with us forever. I have enjoyed going to meeting and reading bloggers who are going through it. It will be a lifetime membership for me. I will get to goal and I will get free WW membership!

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justme April 8, 2013 at 9:10 am

I am enjoying WW and the active link. It pushes me to get up and be more active. I just finished my first 12 week challenge. I started this on January 5th. Since then I have lost 46 pounds and 36 inches. I have dropped 2 dress sizes. Weightwatchers is not a diet it is a lifestyle change. I will get to goal and I will then go into maintenance and defiantly go to a meeting every 2 weeks. I have life long behaviors that I can fall back into and yes this is therapy in a way too. The 5 dollars a month is not too much for me and I like how it works. I also know people will knock it. Honestly I see many people make it to goal and then refatt. I am staying with this for life and enjoying it and feeling great. I say try it.

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Becca January 17, 2014 at 2:01 pm

If you reach your weight goal and maintain it for six weeks you become Lifetime, at which point you no longer have to pay for meetings unless you gain the weight back, it is a reward for learning those lifestyle changes and sticking to them …unfortunately there is no ‘lifetime’ option online because a person could fudge their numbers to get it free

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Karan February 9, 2013 at 10:57 pm

That’s what I am concerned about, having to be connected to WW no matter what to use it.

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Jenifer2013 February 10, 2013 at 10:52 am

Talking to most goal people they become lifetime members and to help them maintain the loss they do the check ins still. The meeting groups become your friends. this week a few of us went to the market together, I have a few members numbers as they have mine. I am sorry it might not be this way for everyone but I have a food addiction and WW is my AA meeting and the members my support group. I think being connected to it for the rest of my life will get me to goal and also maintain my healthier life style. I go to my meeting everyweek, I talk to my friends daily that are part of the meeting group, I am now going into week 6 and lost over 20 pounds, I honestly don’t mind the fees as I was easily spending that on junk food and take out and now I have tons of wonderful recipes to cook at home and stay on plan. I hope everyone finds what they are looking for but it is working for me.

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Melinda Wheeler February 15, 2013 at 8:33 pm

@Jenifer2013…. You described my feelings exactly. I have started and lost some with different apps and weight watchers online. I couldn’t understand why anyone would want to do the meetings. I finally got desperate and rejoined last April and started going to meetings regularly. I love my leader and group and they have pulled me through some rough spots. It doesn’t work for everyone but it has for me.
I am 44 pounds down but have gotten on a plateau. I looked at the free activity apps but I don’t want to have my phone monitoring my movement all day. It came down to the FitBit One vs the Active Link. Decided on the Active Link because after a busy day I don’t want to have to “easily” convert the day’s activities into points. I’m on Assessment day 1 with the AL and can’t wait to see how much I’m really NOT moving and get off of this plateau.

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Chuck February 17, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Can you attach the active link to more than one computer to upload the data? I would initial use it on my home computer but wonder if I’m away on business can I use it on my work computer as well?

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justme April 8, 2013 at 9:12 am

yes it works on any computer just plug it in

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Ames February 18, 2013 at 1:39 pm

I had just finished my 7 day assessment when my Activelink fell off, never to be found. I won’t be replacing it.

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Michelle February 22, 2013 at 9:30 pm

I have active link and the problem that I have with it is how it converts your activity into points. It gives me an excuse to eat more. Normally I wouldn’t want to eat my exercise points or else the exercise did nothing for my weight loss if I am just eating the calories that I just burned off, but with active link, I have always been eating those activity points because they are on my tracker. If that might be a problem for you, I would not buy active link.

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Heather February 24, 2013 at 1:01 pm

I do not like ActiveLink. For some reason, it did not accurately calculate my activity points. For example – this morining, I did 35 min. of walk/jog on the treadmill, 30 minutes of weights, and then did a 45-minute interval kickboxing class. It said I got “3 actv. points”. My heart rate was in the 75% – 80% zone for about 80% of the cardio. From now on, I will just rely on my heart-rate monitor.

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Michelle February 24, 2013 at 9:45 pm

You might just have a really high baseline and it took you a while to reach it. My weight watchers meeting leader said that you have to reach your baseline before you start earning points and that that is why people earn less points on active link than they do when they log it in manually. Make sure that you have set it under settings on the website to the area of your body that you wore it on. That could be why.

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FRIEDA February 26, 2013 at 8:08 pm

What a joke! What a waste of $. I am so aggravated that I cancelled my WW.
No response from anybody. The phillips people were rude 1st call. Then called tonite after a long wait a nice guy answers just to tell me someone would call me back. WW never responded to my frustrated email. So i’ll eat the expense and before you buy try reading on it. “save your $$$$$ “

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Deanna February 27, 2013 at 1:19 am

I was so excited about joining weight watcher but aafter trying to use all the exciting tools they CLAIM will help i am thoroughly disgusted with everything ESPECIALLY the get active link. The guy at the meeting said it was great he wears his all the time and so on. I bought it tonight and cannot even get it up and going because the authentication service is unavailable. the 1 800 number is only until 9pm and the live chat has no online technichans available at this time…… The bar code scanner app doesnt scan anything except weightwatcher stuff and clif bars. The core of the program is still good but all their gimmicks are just that. Dont invest in anything more than the meetings. What a joke Weight Watchers

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Janet March 8, 2013 at 8:46 pm

if you cancel your subscriptionto Activelink, can you still recharge it on your computer?

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Karen March 11, 2013 at 7:40 pm

I have mixed feelings about activelink. I’ve been using it since November 2012.
The Positives
*It tracks a baseline of activity first and then gives you points. If you don’t meet the baseline you don’t get points. This stops inflated activity points acquisition.
*It helps motivate me to get to my 100% activity goal, most days
*It is more accurate for tracking food points
The Negative
*Active link favors steps. Even if you put certain activities into the tracker manually it doesn’t really credit the effort that goes into the activities. Take Body Pump I can burn over 500 calories in Body Pump using my heart rate monitor but activlink doesn’t even give me 10% for this activity. Active link has a real problem crediting other resistance activities like yoga. Because of this I think activelink can lead to over training. Take my Sunday activity for example. Spin Class for 45 minutes, Body Pump for 60 minutes, yoga for 60 minutes and that gives me 67% of my goal of 6 activity points per a day. I still have to have a full day of cooking and cleaning up, etc. and a 30 minute walk to hit my 100% goal. That’s just one day. Monday’s I jog so I run up to 100% in no time but any days where I have resistance training it doesn’t give me real credit and it leads to over training. I’ve started just trying to hit the 100% goal 6 days of week and let the chips fall where they may on the 7th day.

Activelink is helpful but it can also be frustrating.

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Denise March 18, 2013 at 4:42 pm

I was looking at my Active Link tracking and noticed that in the hour that I drive to and from work my activity is higher. Could it be that the Active Link is measuring my activity moving in a car? Has anyone experienced this?

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Sally May 18, 2013 at 7:58 pm

I have come to the same conclusion. The days I have to travel for work are considerably higher in activity than the days I work from home. When I look at the activity the hour I’m driving each way the activity is high. I noticed the same on a 3 hour trip recently.
I’ve had mine since November and I’m ready to trade it in but I don’t know for what. It is a nice reminder of how active I am on a give day and it converts to points without me having to think about it and updates the tracker.

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Jen May 19, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Did you wear it when you were doing your assement period. If it is the same then it really all evens out. I look at it now (I am on my second challange) and right now to get to 6 activity points I walk 3 miles a day and then do 35 minutes of zumba a night (when I put that in the activty tracker (conversion from WW) it came out to be 7 activity points so pretty close.

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Kaye March 24, 2013 at 6:57 pm

I’m a triathlete and a WW. I’ve used just about every device out there (Fitbit, Body Media – Body Bugg, and tons of Polar watches and Garmins). AL is the best by far for translating the results of your activity into WW points. It is also superior at (1) making you realize you need to stay active all day, not just work out hard for 1 hour, (2) helping you to increase your activity by crediting incremental effort – like standing for tasks, house cleaning, etc., (3) avoiding OVERESTIMATING your activity points. I’m convinced most of us overestimate activity and underestimate food. I think that the device is sturdy. It’s a tremendous plus that it’s water proof – I can now wear it swimming and see how many points I earn with my workouts. My problem with Fitbit is that it’s so small mine got left on my bra a few times and went through the washer. A second one broke (outside casing cracked). I liked the system, but buying replacements was running up my cost. If you’re doing WW, then definitely go with the AL — it provides great feedback, is integrated with the WW system, and seems very sturdy, so far!

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Roza March 28, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Thank god I can spare $5 a month for my Activelink. I’ve been using it since December 2012 & I’ve lost 30 pounds. Bodybugg leave a soggy sore spot on my arm, which I hated.

Fitbit isn’t tailored to the user, so I don’t fancy something that gives general numbers. My WW friends who use fitbit don’t lose as much weigh ( in my opinion) because the fitbit overestimates your activity.

With activelink, you can’t earn activity points until you’ve been active past your baseline. So, it’s much more accurate because it tailors the results to me.

I don’t have to enter my weight losses, or anything. It’s fully integrated into etools. I just have to charge it and wear it. I wear mine 24/7 to determine how many hours sleep I ACTUALLY got. When I plug it in during breakfast it charges super quick.

During a long vacation, my activelink held a charge the entire week and a half. When I plugged it back in, there was plenty of battery life remaining.

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Melody April 11, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I got the Active link because my friend has the fitbit, and you can not swim with it on. And I am in my pool alot. And as Im having knee replacement surgry next week. And water exsersize is one of the things My doctor wants me to do. ( after i heal) i wanted something that would push me.! I to don,t like I have to pay more over my monthly pass. I agree weight watchers should not charge a monthly fee to use it!

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Peg April 14, 2013 at 11:51 am

I find that the unit does slip off easily but someone has come up with a great idea to help stop that.
There is a clasp that you can connect that keeps the unit safe if it slips off your clothes. I saw it on ebay. check it out!

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Jacjue April 21, 2013 at 7:25 pm

I do not believe the device is accurate. The device generally measures walking. I exercised at least moderately on an elliptical for 65 minutes, followed by weight lifting, sit ups, lunges for another 20 minutes. There was barely a ‘blip’. I walked in Macy’s last week *just browsing” and was ‘awarded’ 3 points. I’m losing weight and inches, but the accuracy of the device is really limited, and certainly not worth the money.

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Kara April 29, 2013 at 3:28 pm

My Active Link fell off after 5 days. I was wearing it on my waistband and popped right off somewhere. I have not had any luck with getting WW to replace it. Waste of money. There are complaints all over the WW website and internet about this problem yet there has been no solution. They shouldn’t advise people to wear it on waist if it falls off with “activity!”

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Disappointed May 1, 2013 at 7:05 pm

My activelink fell off at least once a day. The third week, I lost it completely. Very cheaply made. Not worth it.

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Learning everyday! May 14, 2013 at 2:47 pm

WOW this is an awesome blog. Thanks everyone for posts! I have the ActiveLink, but did not know about the other products “out” there. Wow! Im just thankful I have family that can help me pay for weight watchers until I become lifetime.. ActiveLink helps me SEE my exercise levels and so forth. It IS waterproof.. I have YET to experience it breaking- (the clasp) or losing it (I can imagine losing it, because Im deaf and sometimes I drop things and dont even know I did!!! (because I didnt hear I dropped it or it fell off or out of my purse or pocket)…. Keep posting- and sharing !!!
Thanks for your website!!!

A

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Bill Sherertz May 27, 2013 at 8:52 pm

I have and use an ActiveLink® Activity Monitor, but am thinking of switching to RunKeeper that works with my iPhone (see http://www.runkeeper.com). RunKeeper plays music while you walk, and tracks your route and your pace. With a heart monitor, it would also track your heart rate throughout your walk. Best of all, there is no monthly charge!

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Jen May 28, 2013 at 8:50 am

I think everyone has made good points about Active link. I have had mine since i joined WW this past january and have had no issues with it. I wear it every day and I have enjoyed the challanges it sets for me. I am now on 6 activity points a day (42 for the week) and finally finding working out fun and enjoyable. I started WW with over 100 pounds to lose in January 2013 and as of this week I am down 52.1 pounds. I have done WW many times before and the difference for me is activity this time and the Active Link is working for me. Everyone is different and needs to find what works for them. The 5 dollar monthly fee doesn’t bother me. I feel like for the price of a caramel light frap from startburcks I can get what I need to ensure i get active. I am now about 60 pounds from my goal and it finally feels achievable. We all know to lose weight we need to move more and eat less (and make better choices in what we eat) the question is why don’t we and what tools do you need to do it?

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Bill Sherertz May 28, 2013 at 9:03 am

Jen, you make some excellent points! I will continue to use my ActiveLink® Activity Monitor in addition to having my iPhone record my daily walks in RunKeeper.

Bill

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JoAnne May 28, 2013 at 5:55 pm

DO NOT BUY:

I have had the active link for 3+ months and would recommend any tracking device OTHER than this one. Unless all of your activity comes from walking or running, this thing is useless. I do Bikram Yoga 5 days a week, Aquafit (Navy Seal style) 2x a week and bike 4X a week. This thing barely registers any of those activities (and yes I have treid adjusting where I wear it) This is not a baseline issue, it is the mechanism of the activelink itself. I do get points for daily activities like running around and driving my car but it is ridiculous to assume that an additional 1100 calorie a day burn has not registered any effect above my baseline. Tried twice to cancel and can’t get the activelink off of my WW tracker to mange my points again manually. Horrible!!!This whole experience has me considering dropping weight watchers all together and moving over to myfitnesspal.

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Carey May 29, 2013 at 10:01 pm

I should’ve read this thread before I purchased my ActiveLink. I have mixed feelings about it and I would sell it at a discounted price if anyone is interested in trying it out. I would return it but unfortunately I already open the box but I didn’t use it.

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Laura July 2, 2013 at 7:08 am

I just purchased ActiveLink, still in assessment period. I’ve never been significantly overweight (ie – my weight loss goal was about 30 lbs). BTW I’ve gained about 75% of that back no fault of WW its a good program. My frustration with WW and exercise points was that I would work beyond belief (such as full effort on a rowing machine for 30 minutes – believe me you break a sweat). I earned 1 point. The issue is that the less weight you have to move the more you have to do to earn that point. I never did the rowing machine again.

Before making the AL purchase, you have to understand what you goals are. For me its simple, I want to move more. I don’t want to eat my points. I also read a comment about eating points, there is a setting is WW e-tools that allows you to set your activity so you do not “trade” points.

Also, I called Phillips and they were very helpful. I do yoga 2 – 3x/week and I know that it really won’t count that. I am also not including the yoga in my assessment period. I clip the devise into my bra angled slightly toward my armpit. I don’t think it would break off. But I do agree that the clip seems cheap. I wouldn’t wear it on my belt loop as it could break.

I gave up a long time ago turing activity into points and looking for an immediate gratification as it was too frustrating. I left WW at 120 lbs. While I can’t comment on AL specifics yet, for me it about movement so I think it will motivate me. But the comment on giving you points for driving…. well thats just crazy! Hopefully it won’t do that.

Finally, its important to understand how the baseline works. If you sit at your desk for 10 hours/day, then come home do an hour on the treadmill and watch TV you may earn NO points. According to Phillips rep, your baseline is based on age, gender, weight. The 12 week challenge is based on your activity during the assessment period with the main goal to get you to move more over the 12 weeks. If you sit most of the day, you haven’t even met your bare bones activity so the treadmill won’t give you anything in terms of points its just making up for the 10 hours you didn’t do anything. The purchase of the AL is to evaluate you on a broader scale.

I’ve saved this blog and hope to get back with you once I have used this for a little while.

Love this blog, thanks for all the contributions.

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Nancy July 3, 2013 at 2:35 pm

I’ve had AL for about 7 months now. I’m kind of frustrated with it. Yes, it’s great to really have to work for your activity points, but I think it grossly underestimates some of my activity points. On a day when I spent 40+ minutes on the treadmill, spent 10 minutes on a rowing machine, 20+ on an elliptical and then took a Zumba class? I got 8 points. Now, I’m all for being honest about activity assessment, but seriously. There have been days where I went for walk after walk after walk, and I got practically nothing. If I wear it in my pocket, it gets lost.

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cat July 18, 2013 at 12:38 am

I bought the AL in November in a flush of enthusiasm. I have NOT found it useful for monitoring my activities. I do yoga (doesn’t register) and frequently use a Hobie Kayak with pedals. I can pedal for an hour, be dripping in sweat and get no points. My frustration with my meeting (only one time fit my schedule,) my plateau and the AL led to me dropping WW. I though I would still use the AL for days when I was walking for exercise to get an idea of where I was. I have just figured out that my AL no longer works. Apparently WW knows I quit paying and won’t let the silly device light up any more for me. I does light when I “charge” it which seems to indicate it is “working.” Seems like for $40 plus 8 months at $5/each I should get lights! Hello fit bit? For anyone considering, the only thing I liked is that I could swim with the AL…. Unless you are thrashing about, don’t expect many points. Smooth action=no point/lights

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Terry July 21, 2013 at 9:46 am

Has any one tried active link for water aerobics? How about cycling? When swimming do you attach to suit. Wear on a chain? Do you have to wear it any special place on your body? Washed my pedometer last night and considering active link

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Dana Badgerow July 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Activelink is (almost) a total waste of money. It does not measure exertion, or movement such as repeated squats. It was represented as containing an accelerometer which was touted as being “so much more” than a simple pedometer. Well is it an expensive pedometer and in my view was totally represented by the Weight Watchers staff. It is a waste of money. Buy a $10 pedometer and wear it all the time. You can figure out the points.

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Laura August 1, 2013 at 3:41 pm

I posted about a month ago that I was still in the evaluation period of the Active Link. Well 3 weeks out I have a better idea. I personally like it because I am very busy and can just upload the data in a few seconds. That being said, I have walked (briskly), swam and done yoga while wearing this. It records walking very favorably, swimming I did see some increase in activity (did a total of 18 laps but it was within 2 15 minute periods) and yoga…. well I think I would get a better result sitting at my desk and walking to the printer every 5 minutes. Basically it does NOT recognize the efforts of yoga. But to be fair, that was disclosed along with strength training.

I don’t think this is the best but most likely neither is the fitbit. If you want to really track your activity and your weight loss you need to use a devise that monitors your heart rate.

Does this mean that I don’t recommend ActiveLink? AL is very easy to use with the WW online and requires no additional time or energy for conversion. I have come to use this devise as a race against myself just to become more active. The ActiveLink is the constant to which I compare each day. So I would recommend it but to ask that you understand its imperfections.

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C August 17, 2013 at 3:55 pm

I too was shocked at the additional charges. I was expecting an extra $5 a month and can’t seem to sign up without a monthly membership fee of almost $30! And I already have the full WW membership.!

Can this be correct?

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Sandy August 28, 2013 at 6:02 pm

I do not recommend weight watchers activelink. If you elect to purchase it and set it up and then decide it is not for you, you are out. You cannot transfer it to another user. I feel like WW just jipped me out of my money.

Totally stinks.

Very unsatisfied user and no longer going to support weight watchers.

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Kellie November 10, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I’ve had the ActiveLink since February 2013 – and I’ve loved most of it. I’m not a very active person generally, with a desk job. While I didn’t earn a lot of points usually, a lot of the time it did help me try and be more active. There were many days where in the evening I would check it and get up and walk around the house or something to try and get to my activity goal for the day. I preferred to wear it clipped on my bra. This works great for about several months. After that, I’m not sure if the plastic just loosens up or what on the clip, but it starts falling off throughout the day. I lost my first clink on Memorial Day weekend – while out putting flowers at the various cemeteries – lots of bending over. I felt soooo lost without it. I went to my WW store the next day and bought a new one. I felt like a kid without her binky I was so devoted to it. Now, yesterday, I was all over town and at the end of the day when I noticed it was gone again. I am returning to one store today to return something, I was trying on shoes. Perhaps I dropped it there, I will ask them if they found it, but I don’t have high hopes. I cancelled my subscription to it last night when I realized I had lost it. I do like that it motivates me, and I love the fact that i just plug it in and don’t have to convert anything to fit with WW tracking, the most I have to do is name my activities so it calculates more accurately. I know some feel it doesn’t calculate correctly, but I don’t know that anything is perfect in that regard. I would love to continue using it, but there needs to be some better way to wear it. I know there are lanyard clips – but I’m sorry, with the wider necklines of a lot of my tops, the chain or whatever I have it clipped to is visible and not very appealing. I’m not sure what the answer is, perhaps even some sort of rubber backing or something not he clip may help? I’m also not a fan of the monthly fee – maybe a$1 or $2 or something, but $5? I may end up getting another, never say never, but if it wasn’t found yesterday at the store I’m returning to today, I’m not planning to race to WW and buy another. I will try manually activity for a bit. I’ve lost 83 lbs since January – lets see if I can keep this up myself first.

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Jacqueline Beecher December 5, 2013 at 4:44 pm

The WW gadget can be worn in water but the FB cannot. That’s important for those of us who swim or do water aerobics. Does anyone know of another activity monitor that can be worn while swimming?

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CC January 6, 2014 at 3:55 pm

I have not read the previous comments and may be repeating, but I am a little dissapoointed with WW…..Unless you plan to be with WW forever I would suggest you buy a tracker that is not strictly for WW. Once you purchase this monitor you cannot transfer to another member….I tried! I no longer subscribe to WW and cannot transfer the device to my mother who is still a member. So really think about it. It is a good monitor, I love it and miss being motivated by it, but I do have plenty of options with activity monitors. The upfront cost is the cheapest; however, it’s $60 annually with the $5 monthly monitoring fee.

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jmm July 2, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Just cancelled my Activelink after wearing for 2 months. I found it to be useless. It was very inaccurate: recording very different pts for same yoga class. The points given for various classes were not consistent. A class could make me out of breath, exhausted physically and registers 0-1 pt. & a not so rigorous class 4pts?!? Core exercises like yoga or Barre didn’t register at all or very little. I would not recommend this and wish I had never put forth the $40 or the effort.

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Maria July 31, 2014 at 12:29 pm

The first ActiveLink I bought I clipped to my tight pants. It repeated fell off and 2 weeks later was lost. I bought a second one which I clipped to my bra and on day 2 it also fell off and was lost. Just to let you know I am really quite inactive as I sit most of the day. It didn’t come off because I was jumping around. I wonder how many others have lost their ActiveLjnk???

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