*not sponsored or perked in any way. I purchased my Up, wear it daily, and am just sharing something cool.*
It's not my most glorious fashion statement, but I've taken to wearing an Up wristband by Jawbone. It's ugly, but the information has been pretty eye-opening.
The Up WristBand is a bracelet that monitors your activity and sleep. It's like a really, really fancy pedometer. I hadn't even heard of such a thing until I went to dinner with a group of people and the woman to my left and the woman across the table (strangers to one another) both had them on and were both singing its praises. They got out their phones and showed me exactly how it worked. So that's what I'm going to do to you. Imagine we're at dinner.
The Up lasts 8 days without recharging. It's waterproof. It's a bracelet, so you wear it on your wrist. There's an app for your phone that syncs with the information the Up Band is storing throughout the day. It doesn't sync wirelessly, though. Once a day (or however much you want) you have to plug it into the phone through the speaker jack and it syncs up and displays your stats.
Like this one for sleeping. Let's look at a night of sleep I got in May versus a night of sleep I got this week. Just for giggles.
Hee. Hee Hee Hee. May was the good 'ole days. Just kidding.
But this is handy for a host of reasons, not the least of which is to pat myself on the back for how quickly I can fall asleep.
(But seriously, if you were breastfeeding, all this info would be nice to know.)
You set goals for yourself (Like 8 hours of sleep) and it tells you how often and by how much you're meeting them. I used the default setting for my age & weight and made my activity goal 10,000 steps a day and have been fairly shocked at how much I DON'T come anywhere close to that. Even on days when I feel active with the kids or on my own, I often don't meet it.
There are little tricks I haven't employed just yet (even though I've been wearing it for over a month), such as a "power nap" where it buzzes you after you've been asleep exactly 25 minutes. Here's the kicker: it doesn't start timing you until you're asleep! It knows you're asleep! Is this blowing anyone else's mind?!
It will also buzz if you've remained idle for too long, like if you're sitting at the computer and it reminds you to get up and get a few steps in.
I've read that you can sync it with popular weight loss apps like My Fitness Pal, and then those would incorporate your food intake/calories, etc. I haven't done that yet, and I'm not sure if I plan to. Right now I'm focusing on moving and sleeping and just being generally aware of my health and body.
The Jawbone website gives more information about how it works exactly.
It would be a great gift for the fitness or tech-obsessed. Or control types. Not that I'm naming any names.
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