My luck was in just before Christmas as I managed to win a Jawbone Up on Twitter via Race Day UK . It was a nice early Christmas present and as I had been looking at different activity trackers anyway it came in pretty handy!
Jawbone Up is an activity tracker that monitors your movement, sleep as well as food intake. I just plug my band into my iPhone 5s where it syncs with the App, and brings up all the data. The App is fab, and gives great feedback, little positive notes, and tells you when you are on a streak. You can also look at trends like sleep or steps over a number of days to see if you are hitting your goals!
The App also syncs with other Apps like Strava, Mapmyrun and Myfitnesspal amongst others, which then feed their information into your Jawbone stats, giving even more data and feedback- for a stats geek like me this is awesome!! There is a now a newer version the Jawbone 24 which syncs via bluetooth, which is even handier.
The band comes in an array of different colours, it is comfortable to wear-you just need to take it off to shower-and is quite discreet looking as well.
The band doesn’t take long to fully charge (1-2 hours) and lasts for around 10 days, which is quite a decent amount of time and means you don’t have to worry about the battery being flat all the time. You just plug it into your pc by usb port to charge it up.
You can easily switch between awake and asleep mode by holding down the end of the band which then flashes a moon for asleep or a colourful flower for awake mode. The band also vibrates (although mine has stopped doing this- seems a common problem) to let you know when you have been sitting for too long (you can set this). You can also set an alarm so it gently vibrates when it knows you are in the lightest sleep cycle, this would be useful if the vibrate still worked!
I wouldn’t say something like this encouraged me to take more steps or be more active, but maybe if I was less active already it might do that. I certainly love to see my stats at the end of the day. I do think the sleep feature is really important as well as it tells you how long you’ve slept, if it was light/deep, and if you woke at all during the night. Sleep is so important, so I think being able to monitor it and making sure you get enough good quality sleep is key.
Overall I’m really impressed with the Jawbone Up, there are a lot of similar products on the market but I would definitely recommend it. It’s around £90 at the moment which I think is a pretty worthwhile investment if you are interested in this kind of thing. My only issue is that the vibrate doesn’t work after only 2 months of having the product- I think I can try a hard reset to try and fix it but it does seem to be a common issue from what I have read online. It doesn’t bother me too much that it has stopped working but it would be a nice feature to have.