For my birthday a couple of weeks ago, Rich got me the Jawbone UP. We saw it at Best Buy a few months ago and he remembered how I ooooed and ahhhhed over it. I’m a data junkie and I love tracking just about everything from calories, nutrients, workouts, weight, etc. I do this in a variety of apps or websites and I was so excited about having something that would do it all in one place for me. The other cool thing about it is that it tracks your sleep! I love that feature. I have never felt like I get enough sleep and the UP band confirmed that without a doubt.
First of all, the band itself is pretty slick looking. They come in a variety of colors, as seen above, but Rich just chose the plain black band, which is probably what I would have chosen myself. It’s pretty sleek and doesn’t look clunky on my wrist. One end of the band has a removable cap that has a connector that fits into the top of an iPhone and the other has a small button that allows you to switch modes from day to night.
I downloaded the UP app from itunes, performed my first sync and adjust my settings. Personal setting included height, weight, age, and gender. Once the setup was complete, which took about a minute, I was ready to start tracking.
The steps are tracked automatically with a sensor that detects forward movement. There is also an option to add your own workouts in that don’t necessarily involve steps, such as yoga or weight training.I haven’t had a problem meeting the recommended 10,000 steps (which is adjustable) and exceeding that on the weekends.
Food has to be inputed manually, which wasn’t a big deal to me because I was used to tracking my food intake with My Fitness Pal. According to the food you enter, you can monitor your carbs, fat (unsaturated and saturated), protein, fiber, sodium, cholesterol, and sugar intake. I don’t like the fact that I can’t see vitamin or mineral stats, but at least all the basics are covered.
According the Jawbone website: “UP uses Actigraphy to track your sleep, monitoring your micro movements to determine whether you are awake, in light sleep, or in deep sleep.” I have learned that I sleep on average 6 hours a night with 3 hours of deep sleep. It takes me about 15-20 minutes to fall asleep and I wake at least twice during the night. I KNEW I wasn’t getting enough shut eye, this just confirms it.
Some other cool features
- Set an idle time for the UP band to buzz when you have been inactive for too long
- Take a power nap. The UP band will determine, according to your sleep patterns, how long it should be.
- Set an alarm to wake you at the optimal time within a 15 minute window each morning
- Stopwatch to time activities
- Enter and Update your weight to track changes over time
- Invite your friends who use UP to be on your “team”
- Share your activity on Facebook or Twitter
Here are a few screen shots from the app (I chose a Friday night/Saturday when I slept really good, ate a ton and got a good number of steps in!):
So what are you supposed to do with all this data? Well, see the little smiley face in the picture above? That is an additional self-input item. This basically shows you from day to day how you felt. The idea is, over time, to pinpoint what makes you cranky and tired or on the other hand, energized. On days you felt particularly bad, see how much sleep you got the night before, what foods you ate that made you feel this way or how inactive you were. By pinpointing the things that bring you down and/or the things that make you feel good – you can start tailoring your lifestyle (sleeping, eating and exercise habits) to feel your best all the time.
I don’t think I have quite enough data to make any solid conclusions yet, but I’m hoping after a month or so, I’ll be able to get a good idea of what makes me feel at my best.
I highly recommend giving the UP band a try. I love mine and it’s pretty reasonably priced at $129. The app is free on iTunes. If anything else, it give you some great insights and it’s pretty fun to play with.
Has anyone else tried the UP Band? What do you think?