When I purchased my iPhone 6, I was excited with the features that it had. I had been looking at the UP by Jawbone for a while, and finally made the purchase. Here is a screen shot of the app dashboard that I will reference below.
You wear the jawbone at all times (other than swimming!). It has a sleep mode, so the purple reflects your sleep patterns. You can set a goal, but the recommended is of course 8 hours of sleep, so it tells you as a percentage how you did on sleep and tracks your patterns.
The orange is your movement. I have a goal of 10,000 steps a day. It keeps track for you and adjusts your calories accordingly. You can also go in and add “weight lifting” “yoga” “zumba” etc. yo past activity and it will adjust the calorie burn. It also syncs with RunKeeper so it will add those logged workouts in automatically.
The green is eats. It syncs with My Fitness Pal, and uses their database but instead of logging in MFP you click the green and log it right in the app. It keeps a running total of calories in/calories out.
I just have mine set to “maintain” so I am looking to break even.
It also has a water tracker, and I really like it because it sends you motivation and tips throughout the day. My friend Rich at work got one after I told him about it, and we are on a “team” (you basically just add friends like FB) so we can see each others stats and send each other comments, etc.
It is a super fun toy and has kept me motivated. It’s a little pricey, but i feel like it has helped me take it to the next level. Check out more information on their website, here.
My only peeve so far is that I logged a 11 mile bike ride yesterday — it gave me credit for those calroies, but not moves (or steps). So it said I was 300 steps from my goal, but I ROAD MY BIKE 11 MILES haha.
One question I have gotten is how does this relate to a heart rate monitor. Heart rate monitors are more accurate when calculating calorie burns of exercise, but it doesn’t give you a holistic view. Also, if you wanted to wear a HRM while working out and adjust your calorie burn manually, you could do that. I think this is a fun toy, and super great especialy for someone just starting out on their fitness/healthy living journey. Even though I am not a beginner, I enjoy checking the app and getting a weekly view. For example, last week when I traveled I was over on calorie consumption daily because I didn’t move nearly enough. It keeps me in check throughout my week!
If you have any questions, let me know!