Today I wanted to share a review of a product I have been using for several months now. This review is completely my own. I was not asked or compensated by Jawbone. I was given the UP24 as a birthday gift and haven’t taken it off since.
The UP band measures your steps taken per day as well as calories burnt. You can also log your daily workouts to help accurately reflect your activities for the day. While I do not use this function, the UP band also allows you to add in what foods and liquids you consume during the day so that you can see calories in versus calories out.
My favorite feature of this particular model is its Bluetooth capability that sends info directly to your phone. Without having to press a button or plug anything in you can check your phone and see your stats as they update throughout the day.
You can set goals for your steps, water consumption and other factors and add information as you go through your daily activities and meals. For example, I set a daily goal of 20,000 steps and my phone notifies me of my progress each day and lets me know when I have hit or exceeded this goal. I also get fun notifications when I reach 3, 5 and 10 day streaks along with other milestones such as 1,000,000 steps logged.
UP also allows you to join teams with other members and friends so that you can share your progress and encourage each other. You can invite friends to join or choose to keep your information to yourself. My husband and I are on the same team which can be both humorous and slightly competitive (of course I want to get more steps in than him!).
My take: I think this is a fantastic tool for anyone who feels like they could use a little help honing in on their fitness or weight loss routine. While it might not measure calories perfectly it does provide some really helpful insight into just how many (or how few) calories you are actually burning throughout the day. Being able to see the numbers from each workout can be very enlightening as I think many people far overestimate the amount of calories they burn (especially if you follow what the cardio machines read). It helps provide a realistic picture of what you are burning versus taking in on a daily basis. Having the option to set goals can also give you an extra incentive to get those extra steps in each day.
I did have a few times that my UP band fizzled out on me or wasn’t loading data but I had excellent customer service over the phone and even on Twitter. One time my band was replaced within days and the other time the issue was quickly resolved with a little assistance.
The Jawbone UP24 can be found online or in stores for about $129.99. In my opinion this is a great tool for helping monitor your fitness activities.
Do you use a fitness tracker?