And this device is literally on me 24/7. Yup, I decided to indulge and get a Jawbone UP. It tracks my steps, sleep, calorie burn and delivers “helpful” tips on how to hit my goals.
Before strapping this subtle piece of arm candy onto my wrist, I seriously believed I was active. I wake at 5 a.m. on most days to squeeze in a trip to the gym or a yoga class. I dart around in the mornings to get the kids to school, and in the evenings I seem to be marching up and down the stairs constantly tending to one of my three kids.
So I set a goal of 10,000 daily steps. Totally doable, right? And I laughed out loud when I placed the sleep goal of eight hours. A mom can dream, right?!
Twice a day, I synch the band with my iPhone to see how I’m doing.
So what have I discovered in three weeks?
- My office job is likely killing me. I sit way too much and rarely hit my 10,000-step goal on the days when I’m in the office, unless I go for a long run in the morning.
- I NEVER hit my sleep goal. NEVER! Well, I take that back, I did achieve more than eight hours of sleep on Memorial Day weekend. That’s it. I think I am destined to live a sleep-deprived life.
- Those “helpful” tips annoy me. The other night the device informed me that people who meditate 21 minutes each day live longer. When am I going to squeeze in meditation? Maybe at 4:30 a.m.?
- I love when I find time to walk my dog. On those days, I often hit my step goal, enjoy sunshine on my face and a rocking playlist. The time spent outside lifts my mood.
- I now have another data point to tell me I lack time, sleep, exercise. I’m not exaggerating.
I’m not ready to toss the band yet, and hope I’ll come to find it as a helpful reminder to get up from the desk. But seriously, there are not enough hours in the day. Bring on the office treadmill desk.
Have you ventured into the world of fitness wearable technology and apps?
Do they make you feel better or worse?