Tomorrow is a year since I became the proud owner of an UP band so I thought I’d celebrate by telling you a bit about what it is & it’s benefits!!
Back in May last year while reading one of my fitness magazines I saw a short article about this new band that you could wear that would monitor your activity & sleep!! How cool I thought but couldn’t justify buying it there and then.
Some months later it was soon to be my birthday so decided that I was going to treat myself to said band, I’d thought about it often over the months but just didn’t think I could afford it.
The band was made by Jawbone (makers of quite fancy mobile speakers & also bluetooth headsets) and called UP and it contain technology from Motion X (People behind GPS tracking apps & other wearable technology)
Ordering the band was pretty easy, they come in different sizes & colours, so you just measure your wrist & pick the size which best fits, I ordered mine directly from Jawbone (http://eustore.jawbone.com/) it cost £99 plus postage and arrived within a couple of days.
I opted for black (Onyx) as thought this would go with most things (a year ago there weren’t that many colour options!)
The great thing about this band is you just wear it, it has a day & night mode which you can easily switch between by pressing in the small silver butter & sun or moon lights up to indicate which mode it is in. It’s water & sweat resistant so can be worn when exercising and showering (not swimming!! but you can log your swim once you’ve finished!!)
To download the data, you simply plug it into your iphone using the headphone socket.
It syncs pretty quickly and also shows you how much battery life it has (lasts for around 10 days before charging is needed)
So what does it actually measure? Well your steps & also your sleep patterns!! You can set yourself daily targets to aim towards (mine are 10,000 steps & 8 hours sleep).
But it also allows you to log your food diary so you can track your calorie intake
Personally i use My Fitness Pal to log what I eat and you can sync your UP app to MFP so that the food data is transferred between the apps (Handy feature)
The front screen of the app shows you your daily progress as well as giving you hints and tips on health. You can monitor your trends to see how you are doing!!
Other handy features you can use is for it to alert you after a set period of time of inactivity, I set mine to vibrate after 20 minutes of inactivity) which is useful if you do desk work as it’s a reminder to get up and move around (had a few raised eyebrows though when it’s happens this during a networking event!!) It’s also got a smart snooze function which allows you to snooze during the day & will wake you up based on your sleep data from the night before (I’ve not actually tried this function but like the idea that it uses the data it gathers to improve what you do).
My first major milestone came in February this year when I’d hit my 1 million steps (in just 7 months) Whoop whoop!!
Recently I’ve started running and found that I could link this app with Map My Fitness which helps towards your daily step target & the need to replicate data from one app to another. There are many more apps you can sync the UP band with (mainly paid for subscription apps!!)
Another great feature is that you can link with other people who have an UP band, which may or may not help you achieve you goals, peer pressure and all that!!
Overall I’m really pleased I invested in this new piece of technology, when I first got it most people had never heard of it before but over the last year I’ve seen more and more people use wearable tech to monitor their habits & lifestyle choices, which I think is a good thing.
For me, has it changed the way I behave? Maybe, I already was quite active but it made me more aware of my inactivity when I work from home. The sleep monitor has been useful too as me & sleep have never really been best buddies so it does encourage me to try to get my full 8 hours to help keep fatigue at bay.
I have recommended it to many people & will continue to do so!! Just today, they’ve done a big app update with some new designs & a few feature to track your weight (not that it matters what you weigh but a good metric to see progress).
So it’s definitely a Thumbs UP from me for the Jawbone UP band!!