With so many apps and gadgets for fitness flooding the market, choosing one that will actually work can be daunting. Luckily, there is an all-in-one solution: UP by Jawbone. It combines the features of a gadget with the ease of an app.
Camouflaged as a bracelet, UP is a lifestyle tracker. It monitors your sleep patterns and activity, with the added benefit of allowing you to enter data like mood and food to help calculate what makes you feel your best. With a 10-day battery and water-resistant design, you don’t have to worry about missing a single step.
Here’s how it works:
- A built-in pedometer tracks your movement to show activity levels during the day. When inactive for too long, a vibrate alert is triggered to let you know it’s time to get up and walk around. Use its stopwatch feature for workouts and mark the start and end to see not only the length of your workout, but also its intensity and the number of calories burned.
- The UP app interface allows you to enter your dietary information by uploading photos, scanning barcodes, or searching through the UP database. By tracking your intake and comparing to your mood, you can discover the foods that make you feel your best.
- When set in sleep mode, it tracks sleep patterns, such as when you fall asleep and how long it takes, the amount of deep versus light sleep, and how many times you wake up. These patterns all affect the way you feel the next day. By comparing the data, you can identify consistencies that will help you maximize your nighttime rest to improve daytime performance.
All the data is collected by the UP “Insight Engine” and compiled into reports that detail which combinations of food, sleep, and exercise help you to be the most productive and feel your best.
For sale in a variety of sizes and colors, UP starts at $129 and is available in stores and online. It is compatible with iOS 5 and Android 4.0 operating systems, which means you don’t have an excuse not to get UP and get moving.
Strategic Tip: Set it to “Smart Alarm.” It will wake you silently at the end of your sleep cycle each morning, helping you feel your freshest without waking your partner.