Monday, July 28, 2014

workin' on my fitness

Hello there readers! We are in the home stretch of the BigTime Blogging Challenge and today we're talking about workin' out! I got a Jaw Bone last week and I want to tell you all about it!

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I was in the market for a Fit Bit or something of that nature. But, I had at least three friends tell me that their Fit Bit broke within 6-12 months of buying it, so I did some more research and finally decided on the UP24 by Jaw Bone:

It's a bracelet that you wear and it's BlueTooth enabled, so all the data it records are sent to the app on your phone throughout the day. It has one button and on it - that's for setting it to day or night mode. And then, the other end comes off so you can charge it.

All the data goes to the app. The home screen of the app looks like this:

The two main bars are for your sleep (purple) and your steps (orange). I set my goals to get 8 hours of sleep a night and get 10,000 steps during the day. So, on the home screen, it will show you what percentage of your goals you've met. Additionally, on the bottom you get little notes with tips and cheers when you meet your goals, etc.

Like I already mentioned, the Blue Tooth syncs everything - so you don't have to worry about plugging it in...except for charging it, which takes about an hour once a week.

Once you click on the two bars, you get screens like these:

To the left, you see the sleep schedule. Once you push the button on the bracelet, it goes into sleep mode, so your time to sleep every night is tracked. The light blue bars represent light sleep and dark blue represents sound sleep. Orange bars are the awake moments. 

Prior to having this data, I thought I would be getting way more sound sleep than what I'm finding. I've had it for a week and I think only one night I got four hours of sound sleep - and that was the best night! Perhaps once I get back more into a scheduled routine when school starts that will improve.

On the right side, you see the step goal - the number of steps taken, how many miles that is equivalent to, and do you see that little running guy? The app for the Jaw Bone syncs with Run Keeper, which is another app I use to track all my walks, runs, and bike rides. It automatically syncs them together so it includes anything you do activity wise!

Okay, just two more screens. When you swipe the home screen left and right, you get these screens:

There's a lot I haven't really done with, but just a few things to point out - keep track of your weight and other personal settings (which you can make public or private!) Also, the trends will be cool once I get more data in the app. On the right, you can see that there's a Smart Alarm. So you set it and then the wristband wakes you up (vibrating) within 20 or 30 minutes of your alarm, depending on if you're in deep or light sleep. Cool, right?

None of my people in facebook, twitter, or in my contacts have a Jaw Bone, but it would be cool if someone did so we can follow one another! I know that every time I complete a run with Run Keeper and someone says good job, it's super motivating! So, if you're on the hunt for one of these, make it an UP24 and we'll be workout buddies!

Do you have a Fit Bit or any other device like this? What are your thoughts?


  1. Great post. Ironically I decided to blog before I worked out this morning and potentially not work out. After reading this you have motivated me to go to the gym and for that I thank you!

  2. Some cool fitness technology you've shared! :)

  3. I had gotten a FitBit for free for doing a survey about fitness, which was really quite cool. I lost it about a month ago and cannot find it, even though it should be in my bedroom - somewhere. I liked it but it lost the light that would tell you steps on the device rather quickly. It kept working with syncing to my computer so that was cool. If I buy one, I may look into a jawbone, looks cool!

  4. I have the Polar FT40 watch. It has a heart rate monitor and tracks workouts fat burned/strength training. I don't really do too much with it, but the calories burned is always motivation for me!

  5. Next??? Learn how to use technology... Thanks for a fun recommendation.

  6. I love this! I have a Polar Watch that tracks my heart rate and calories burned but I LOVE the sleep tracking! I totally need this! :)


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