As a #VZWBuzz Verizon Influencer I get some pretty cool devices to check out and play with to see how they fit my lifestyle. I was excited when I opened the latest package to find a Jawbone UP Band - Activity Tracker inside.
I don't do the whole New Year resolution thing. By technical definition: a promise to yourself to start doing something good or stop doing something bad. Promises were made to be broken. I prefer a reset. A reset of things I haven't gotten to. Things I didn't finish before the timer went off. Things I want to try. Being healthier is one of those.
This device is NOT going to MAKE you healthier in as much as a treadmill you buy is going to hunt you down and make you run on it. What it DOES do along with the APP is (after you enter some basic data) track and set goals for daily activity and sleep. That information delivers insight designed to keep you moving toward a healthier lifestyle.
Some FAQ's I get about the UP when people see me wearing it:
How does it track movement and sleep?
It uses a precision motion sensor that is located in the thick of the band. Along with algorithms it passively tracks and quantifies steps, distance, calories, active time and idle time. UP uses actigraphy to track sleep and monitor micro movements to determine whether you are awake or asleep.
What is it made of and is it waterproof?
It is encased in medical-grade, hypoallergenic rubber.
It is NOT waterproof. It says you can shower with it - I do not.
Does it get funky - how do you clean it?
I wipe it down with a soft towel dampened with alcohol to keep it clean.
In spite of some tech videos - you should NOT twist, turn and stretch it. It has mechanics inside. Duh!
It is flexible enough to slip on and off comfortably (if you sized it right). No contorting required.
Color, sizes, models?
I have the original UP which is shown to come in five different colors.
The newer UP24 comes in two colors (AND is bluetooth).
They are both available in small, medium and large. They have a how to measure chart on the site. I wear a medium.
What do you like about it?
My favorite thing so far is the sleep tracker. I'm determined to meet my goal percentage. I discovered I'm a crappy sleeper and I KNOW how important sleep is.
It has definitely made me aware of my idle time. I set an idle alert for 45 minutes. My band vibrates if I haven't moved in that amount of time. I get up and move around. Particularly important for those of us at desk jobs.
I feel motivated to take more steps when I see my team buddies are kicking butt.
For me and so far, it has really helped keep me aware of what I'm doing - or not doing.
The one thing I was confused about was how to wear it. Jawbone site always shows the metal parts on the bottom side of the wrist and the thick of the band on top. I wear it the opposite way (pic on the right). I just think it looks better and keeps it from catching or scraping stuff. Also the instructions say to wear it on your non dominant hand.
The metal piece that says "Jawbone" is a cap that comes off and reveals a headphone jack for syncing. The smaller metal piece is the mode button.
Disclosure: As a member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I receive devices from Verizon. No additional compensation is provided and there is no promise of positive feedback. All opinions are my own.