Some of you might know me personally and know that I have recently had my third child. A lovely little boy who is 5 months old. I also have a 2.5 and a 4.5 year old so my life is pretty crazy. So three kids, just had a baby and trying to work all combined leaves me not much time. I am lucky to have a shower each day let alone have the energy or inclination to exercise. That all being said I also have one of those type A personalities where I am driven to achieve goals no matter how unrealistic. I am also a geek and like my tech gadgets. Why am I telling you this?
I recently discovered this cool fitness band called Jawbone UP. I thought it might be useful to review jawbone up for you. It’s like a pedometer, personal trainer, sleep tracker and calorie counter all in one. Basically it tracks all your steps, your sleep and you enter the food you have eaten that day. Then it creates very cool graphs in the iPhone app and gives you tips each day to keep you moving. It also has a team area where you can connect with buddies also using it and you can see their updates and they can see yours. It has also been beautifully designed and comes in a number of colours (although only the blue and black ones are readily available). It has a fairly hefty price tag of $150.
I have to agree with USA today’s review of Jawbone UP, – it’s great for the app happy health nut. I would even go a little further and say it’s great for someone who is also focusing on improving their health. Someone like me for example 🙂 I found it very difficult to do the 10,000 steps a day and the device was right people like me (my age, my weight, my gender) generally do about 5,700 steps a day. That is what I did when I wasn’t really trying to do the 10,000 steps a day. Personally I found it motivating and rewarding to track my steps through something so visual and immediate.
The graphs looks awesome and they have done some great work within the app itself.
What I would really have liked is for the band to sync automatically with my iPhone. Instead you have to insert the band into the headphone jack and now sadly I have lost the connection that goes over the jack on the band so I will have to order another one from the store if I want to continue to use it. Battery wise it lasts about 10 days which I imagine would be less if it synced via blue tooth with your iPhone.
Although I have a fairly active social media life (can you say that?) I wasn’t really surprised none of my friends were using it. I think it would be a better experience if you had friends using it and you could motivate/compete with each other every day. I would love to see personal trainers using them with their clients. I think it would be an awesome tool for clients to gain an awareness of their movement, sleep and eating has on their health.
I was reading that Marissa Mayer the CEO of Yahoo gave away 11,000 of these to her team to help them keep in shape. That sounds pretty awesome right?