Friday, February 20, 2015

Product review: Jawbone UP fitness tracker

Bought for $40US on eBay brand new in sealed package. Free shipping (shipped to my US address).

I’ve been reading about these fitness trackers for the last few months and have finally decided to give one a try. I chose Jawbone of this design because it appeals to me: sleek look and I like the bracelet format.

They also come in a clip format: it could be clipped to a bra or a waistband.

Jawbone bracelet comes in 3 sizes: small, medium and large. Company website provides wrist measurement guide for choosing the correct size for you. This is important, as the bracelet needs to be snag on your wrist in order to get the correct readings. There are several colours available as well: black, red and teal among them.

In order to utilise the bracelet, you’ll need to download “UP” App on your phone. This is free.

 The App will ask basic questions about your weight, age, height and goals. In order to track your activities, you’ll need to plug your bracelet into your phone (like earphones) for a minute and let it download data.

Bracelet counts the number of steps you take daily, your calorie burn (both active and idle), duration of your active time and idle time. It also provides information on your sleep: duration, sound sleep vs. light sleep, how long it took for you to fall asleep, how many times and for how long did you wake up, total time in bed.
All the above information is presented in graphs and is also spelled out.

The App provides the information on what is considered desirable/is recommended as far as number of steps and duration of sleep, etc. It also gives you blurbs daily encouraging you along the lines of your goals.
You will also receive a weekly totals/analyses and suggestions.

Personally I don’t have any weight loss goals, but I found having the bracelet tracking my activities keeps me motivated. It is akin to a personal trainer, albeit not a mean or a pushy one.
It actually gives you a “pat on the back” (figuratively of course J) for a job well done.

You can also track your food intake by taking photos/entering information about what you eat. Dietary suggestions will be made and your calorie intake vs. burn would be monitored.

As your Jawbone tracker gets to know you, suggestions become more and more customised.

I also discovered surprising facts about my work out routines with Jawbone tracker: turns out the impact wasn’t quite as I believed it was. So I now am making adjustments to my daily routines and changing things a bit in order to maximise the impact and keep on the top of my maintenance schedule.

Jawbone bracelet needs to be charged every 9-10 days for a couple of hours. This is done via USB cable provided with the packaging.

Overall, I give this product 5 stars and definitely recommend it.

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