When Jacq came back from San Diego and told me she’d picked me up a Jawbone UP for me, I was happy to give it a go. I had used (and lost several times) the popular Fitbit device, and liked the concept that, as a “bracelet,” I’d be less likely to lose the Up. Once you get into this whole “quantified self” thing, where you start looking at various stats from your life, it’s interesting and you can get a little lost in it.
The UP (and the FitBit, and to a different degree the Nike Fuel Band) not only lets you track your steps, but you can do a bunch more. For instance, you can track your workouts via the app that comes with it, and/or you can link a bunch of other apps into it and use the UP as the primary dashboard for your health and fitness activities.
For instance, my UP currently tracks:
- Steps taken in a day.
- Workouts logged.
- Food consumed (via MyFitnessPal app).
- Miles run or bicycled (via MapMyFitness app).
I could do more. UP and other bands and devices of this nature love linking together. I can link this info to healthcare organizations, to social networks designed to help me stay fit, and more. (I haven’t done any of that last stuff, as it seems a bit intrusive).
So Then What?
Where this gets interesting is when you find yourself adjusting your life to improve the numbers you see on the app. For instance, I’ve been working on improving my sleep. When I got this little announcement, I felt pretty proud of myself. And I felt like my effort and habit-building wasn’t just in my head. The device knew enough to tell me about it.
I change other numbers, too. I make sure that almost every day, I get 10,000 or more steps. The UP tells me that I’m idle for as much as 2 hours at a whack, so I set an alarm to make me get up and move every 30 minutes, even if that’s just a quick lap around the workspace. It’s that that’s cool. You start seeing stats and information for yourself, and you make interesting shifts in behavior, and you track those changes, too. Cool, right?
Consider picking up the UP by Jawbone. It’s cool.