The Jawbone UP Activity Tracker: A Review

 

Chances are you’ve seen or possibly own an activity tracker such as the Fitbit One, Fitbit Flex, Nike Fuel Band, or the Jawbone UP.

I did QUITE a bit of research on all of the above before deciding to purchase the Jawbone UP band. So far, I’m delighted with it!

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For the past several years, I’ve gone on vacations that tend to involve a lot of walking. Those same trips also involved a lot of eating, but I didn’t gain weight.  I always wondered how much I was actually walking in a day — up and down to take the train, around the same block several times looking for a particular cafe, up & down in museums.

 

So when I started planning my most recent trip to Tokyo, I figured it was a great time to invest in the Jawbone UP.

 

You might have some or all of these questions …

Does it motivate you to move? For me, it did. It was a much as a challenge to reach my 10,000 steps per day as it is for me to get a new Foursquare badge (if you know me, you know how much I like competitive games).  So if achieving a score of 100% motivates you, you will be very happy!

How accurate is it? On those 2 days before I left for my trip, I was pretty sedentary, so I wasn’t surprised to reach only 25-50% of my 10,000 step per day goal.  What DID surprise me was how many steps I was able to log on the days when I spent 9+ hours on a plane. Walking around in the airport is no joke! You can log some serious mileage during check-in, while going through security, immigration, customs, etc. I had NO PROBLEM hitting 10,000 miles on travel days.

How about sleep tracking? This was a nice little bonus for me. I previously installed the Sleep Cycle app on my iPhone, but I didn’t use it for long because you have to sleep with the phone next to you in bed. I charge my phone across the room at night, so that didn’t really work for me. Plus, I wonder how accurate it is with cats jumping on/off the bed, etc.  The UP has a sleep tracking feature that drills down to show how long it takes you to fall asleep, how many times you woke up during the night, light sleep vs. deep sleep, and more! I always wondered why I felt so tired during the day. The amount of deep sleep I get isn’t so great. I’ll blame the cats again for that 🙂

The band is super comfortable, so you shouldn’t have any problem sleeping in it at night.

Is there an app for that? After you purchase the band, download the handy free Jawbone app, and you are in business! If you use other health & fitness apps such as RunKeeper, MyFitnessPal, Lose It!, and others, you can sync your data with these apps too. I read a review where several people mentioned their steps were counted twice when syncing with RunKeeper. I did not find this to be the case, so if this was once an issue it has been fixed! I don’t use any of the other fitness apps that sync up, so I can’t comment on the functionality. If you use them, I’d love it if you would share your experience in the comments below so others can benefit!

The complete list of apps you can connect with your UP band as of September 25, 2013 is:

  • MyFitnessPal
  • IFTTT
  • RunKeeper
  • MapMyFitness
  • GymPack
  • Wello
  • Tictrac
  • Sleepio
  • Withings
  • Lose It!
  • CarePass from Aetna
  • Notch

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You can also add food and drink to keep up with your daily caloric intake.

All in all, I’m super happy with my purchase for its convenience and how effective it has been at motivating me.

The UP comes in a variety of colors. I bought the mint green and love it! There is a special edition Orange UP band that is also a very cool color. Jawbone is donating $20 to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation http://jawbone.com/alliance for every Orange UP band sold.

Question:  Do you have an activity tracker? If so, which do you like best & why?

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