Health – Take Control
I’ve used one of the popular lifestyle trackers and loved it…right up until the day I left it attached to my shirt and it went through the laundry. I instantly missed it, but paying another $100 for something I’d likely lose in the same manner, didn’t seem like a smart thing to do.
So imagine how excited I was when I was asked to try out the Jawbone UP™. UP™ is a lifestyle system which takes a holistic approach to helping me obtain a healthy lifestyle. But unlike my tracker’s predecessor, this one is worn on my wrist and because it’s water-resistant, I only have to take it off to sync it or charge it.
But instead of telling you the mechanics of it, let me tell you what it tracks. This little rubber wristband keeps track of my sleep patterns and activity. It counts my steps, tells me when I’m most active, and the best part is it reminds me to get up and get moving if I’ve been at rest too long (set to the time interval you choose).
Up™ keeps track of the small movements I make while I’m sleeping and translates that into the amount of time it took for me to go to sleep, how many times I wake up a night, how often I’m in deep sleep, and more. Sure, if I lay still in bed it can sometimes report that I’ve gone to sleep earlier than I truly have, but for the most part I find it extremely accurate.
But why keep track of my sleep? First because studies show sleep is vital in maintaining a healthy weight and I know I’m a lousy sleeper. Seeing exactly how I’m sleeping and making a conscious effort to improve it will likely improve my overall health. I’ve added relaxation music, self-hypnosis, and essential oils to my evening routine to encourage better sleep.
I’ve found the precision motion detection system within the UP™ tracks my movements pretty darn accurately. It ignores movements from crocheting wen my hands are flying but the rest of me is firmly planted on the sofa. I find that amazing. It gives me a look at the amount of steps I’ve completed and the percentage of my goal of 10K daily steps that I’ve accomplished. So far I’ve gotten to almost 7K at a recent conference. That tells me I need to get out and walk or buy a treadmill to keep that pace at home.
Features I’m Still Exploring ….
- Smart Alarm™—waking you up silently at the time that leaves you feeling most refreshed.
- Stop Watch Mode: Allows me to mark specific active periods so I can see how that activity contributes to reaching my goal. Say taking the dogs for a walk around the block. In the 20 minutes it takes me to accomplish this, I’ll know how many steps I got in.
- Food Tracking: I need to really find the time to start journaling my food again. It’s been proven that writing it down helps one be accountable for the calories. The app that comes with the UP™ will allow me to take a photo of my food, scan the barcode on packages for a database of calories, and even browse their image gallery or search their ingredient database to help me track what I’m eating and drinking.
- Power Nap: I love the thought of this feature, but I haven’t tried it yet. It’s purpose is to wake you up at the optimal time – about 26 minutes – after falling asleep.
Using the Jawbone UP™
Using this tracker couldn’t be easier. I just downloaded the free app to my Android smartphone (works with Apple too) and then set up my Jawbone UP™ by following the onscreen instructions. I charge it (about every 10 days) with a dongle on my laptop and then several times throughout the day I plug the bracelet into my smart phone to sync the data.
The information is available instantly telling me how I’m doing plus sharing hints and tips on being successful. I’ve only scratched the surface of all of the information available to me and I’m looking forward to learning more and using all of the features that it’s packed with.
Since the bracelet is water-resistant, I wear it in the shower, when I do the dishes, and more. It’s a fabulous way to passively check my activity. My only wish is that it was Wi-fi and that’s only because I’m home 90% of the time and never know where my smartphone is and if I do find it, it’s usually dead. A Wi-fi option would be a better option for me personally.
UP™ retails for $129.99 and can be purchased from the Verizon Wireless website. It’s available in several colors and three sizes. I chose the large and it’s slightly big for me so it’s worn like a bangle bracelet. Be smarter than me; measure before you buy!
Win a Jawbone UP™ Small Bracelet
One lucky reader will win a small black Jawbone UP™ bracelet (fits wrist sizes 5.5”- 6”).