I’ve always had an aversion to exercising, but I’ve been trying very hard to make myself get up and move more.  Where our house was in Pennsylvania, there really wasn’t any place to go out walking – we lived on a very busy (read: dangerous) road, so that was out.  And driving any distance to some sort of park just wasn’t going to happen, hence no motivation.

Add to that the cloying, stifling heat and humidity, and hanging out in our one lone air conditioned room seemed the better option for my sanity’s sake.  While my sanity thrived (mostly), my fitness level took a nosedive. 

Now that we’re back in the Pacific Northwest where the humidity of our Eastern residency is fast becoming a distant memory, I’ve been getting out a lot more, walking like I’ve never walked before, and once we get a new house here, the sky’s the limit.

Enter the cool factor of Jawbone UP from Best Buy – this little doohickey is certainly helping me make some positive changes in my life:


Simply put, the Jawbone UP is a personal trainer (that’s not annoying and won’t yell at you) disguised in the form of an electronic wristband.  How cool is that?  UP is a system that takes a holistic approach to a healthy lifestyle – the wristband tracks your movement and sleep in the background.   I’ve always wanted to get something to see how my sleep patterns are – this does the trick! 

The app displays your data, lets you add things like meals and mood, and delivers insights that keep you moving forward. UP tracks my motion, distance, location and speed for efficient monitoring of my workout, plus measures steps taken and calories burned to help me keep track of my progress. 

It does all the work for me, and all I have to do is wear it on my wrist:


It’s so easy to use – it’s ready to go to work right out of the package!  You just remove the cap and plug it into your phone, download the free app and get it all set up with a few easy steps, then away you go! 

I only charged it briefly, because it showed sufficient battery power right from the start.  The wristband holds a charge for up to 10 days, which is cool, because I wanted to have a week’s worth of info utilized to really put it through it’s paces. 

When you do charge it, there’s a simple little USB adapter that comes with it to plug into your computer:


After I used it for a week, I was ready to sync it to my phone again – it didn’t think I had it plugged in initially:


But that was my fault, because I think you need to open the app before plugging it in, because once I did that, it worked like magic:


I think I’m going to start syncing it daily just to minutely monitor my progress instead of weekly.  I loved checking out my sleep patterns – when I was in a deep sleep, and when I was sleeping lightly, how long I actually slept, and if I woke up at any time during the night.  Apparently I’m a very light sleeper. 

It’s a great quality product, very lightweight so you forget you have it on your wrist (unless you aren’t moving much, then it vibrates and reminds you to get moving).  UP is water resistant up to 3.3′ (so you can even shower with it on), and it can be used in most weather conditions (which obviously is a plus, now that I’m back in the rainy area of the States…heh!)

You can even set your own reminders with an ‘alarm’ that will make it vibrate if you’ve been too sedentary after a certain amount of time.  It’s available in lots of colors so you can find your personal style and start making changes to become healthier – and be stylish:


Live Better.  Start Now.  Jawbone UP.  Track your sleep activity, steps, calorie intake and more with the Jawbone UP wrist sensor and free mobile app.  UP gives you meaningful, personalized insights so you can make lasting improvements to your everyday life.  Shop for it at Best Buy.

Do you use a pedometer or something cool like this to keep you on track?





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