As runners we have an unfortunate habit of thinking that our workout means we can sit the rest of the day…not true!!
We need to move more, it’s part of recovery and health!
My thoughts on fitness trackers have changed as quickly as the size of our cell phones, but finally after testing out a number of them, pushing friends/family to use them, I settled on the following:
- Runners don’t move enough outside our workouts, this is a great way to help increase that
- Tracking your sleep can be eye opening
- A little bit adds up to big changes
- We know what we measure we change
- Competing against only yourself can be a great way to get started
- Competing against others can encourage you to try new things
- It justifies taking out the trash and vacuuming (hey that’s like 30 more steps!)
Interestingly in the same week, I received both the Jawbone UP3 and the Jawbone Move, which I loved because it gives me an opportunity to share why you might prefer one over the other!
No better time than when traveling to Europe to really put a fitness tracker to work!
First I knew my sleep wouldn’t be great, but it was interesting to see my deep sleep….and yes on the 4 hour layover in Chicago after my 10 hour flight I got in my 10,000 steps for the day!
I can guarantee that if I hadn’t been wearing that tracker, I would have moved around out of a pure need not to go insane, but I wouldn’t have managed to get in 10,000 steps.
JAWBONE UP3 REVIEW
Jawbone UP move, in purple, is the lower tech version for those of you who don’t want a lot of bells and whistles, you just want to get started on moving a bit more. It also tracks sleep, but not as accurately….so I’m going to warn you that pretty quickly you’ll wish you had the UP3.
Plus let’s not kid ourselves, that UP3 is super stylish. Not that I’m a gadget pusher…except that I totally am, I love seeing stats of all kinds!
Thus I’m going to spend the majority of my time here focusing on the Jawbone UP3 review in case it’s on your wish list for the holidays!
What is an activity tracker?
First up, what is an activity tracker compared to say the GPS watch you wear on the run?
Activity trackers use accelerometers, as a step-counting mechanism, thus measuring your movement, but not plotting you via satellite like a GPS. Additionally, an activity tracker can monitor sleep through a comfy band that can be worn 24/7.
Studies have shown wearing a pedometer, the old school version of our activity trackers, inspired people to exercise more than when they only did goal setting.
The golden band you see in the above photo is so cute and functional it ended up on Oprah’s Favorite Things List…what?! That’s right, it’s gonna be selling like hot cakes now, so you don’t want to be left out.
After wearing it for a month here is what I like about the Jawbone UP3:
- Buzzes when you hit 10,000 steps (or your custom step goal!)
— and no I don’t wear mine to run, I want steps outside of that!
- You can set a vibrating wake up based on your sleep patterns
- Splash proof so you can leave it on to shower if you want
- 7-8 Days of battery life on one charge
- Tracking of Resting Heart Rate (huge for runners to see if you are over training!)
- Idle alert (cool except when sitting on a plane then just a reminder that I’m stuck)
- Looks better than say the UpMove (hey just being honest because if you won’t wear it, then it doesn’t matter)
- Great clasp made it feel secure, I never worried about it coming off even pulling on and off jackets all over Prague
The only thing it was really missing for me was a visual read out. I would love to have the time on here or see my steps without opening the app. That being said, I’m rarely far from my phone so not that big of a deal!
What are the benefits of an activity tracker?
For those of you who have been considering a fitness tracker, I have a couple more things to share with you on the benefits of using a fitness tracker and well yes how to win prizes from just doing your healthy thing!
Pictured here are screen shots from the UP app which connects via Bluetooth to the Jawbone. You can see it tracks your consistent resting heart rate, total steps, type of sleep and provides tips, along with an integration in to my favorite tool Krowd Fit.
- Resting Heart Rate: For runners your average resting heart rate is first a sign of improved fitness. As you continue to improve your cardiovascular endurance your RHR will lower. However, it’s also an easy way to see when you are over training! Waking up to a higher than normal RHR is a sign you need a day off.
- Small Steps, Big Results: I love that with a tracker you aren’t committing to go to the gym daily or a running streak, this is just a way to get you to move a little more each day. I have seen David on numerous nights pace the living room because he was so close to 10,000…I laughed, until I totally did it too last week! While it sounds small those extra little movements add up.
- Ongoing Encouragement: The APP itself acts as a coach giving you “Atta girls” when you hit your daily goals repeatedly, challenging you to try for a bit more or noting when you’ve been skimping on sleep.
- Accountability and Competition: One of the things I hear most often is a desire for accountability, this is a great way to get it. Add friends or join Krowd Fit on my team and you’ll immediately have others who will applaud you, push you and give you an opportunity to win, win, win. You can see on the bottom right the integration with Krowd Fit, which shows you every day that your steps and your sleep are automatically entering you in to giveaways. I’ll be hosting other giveaways in the coming months, so you gotta be in it to win it.
- Reinforcing the Goal: At the end of the day, fitness trackers help to reinforce that our goal is HEALTH. Of course we want a great PR, but without a healthy body that doesn’t matter. Seeing that the little things you do add up can help you to turn off the lights a bit earlier, yup give Fido an extra block to sniff or encourage you to walk to get that FroYo.
Do you move enough beyond your workouts?
Do you prioritize sleep?
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