Review: The Jawbone Up24 Fitness Tracker!
While we Tipsies are not ones to make New Years resolutions, this year we all have grasped on to the stereotypical resolution of improving our “whole health”. Not to sound like hippies, but we are all trying to eat “clean” (or cleaner. I can’t get rid of pizza and margaritas like, at all), take care of our mental health (woosah and ohm and Xanax – the necessary things), and get our lazy butts moving. I definitely jumped on this when I made the decision two weeks ago to step on a scale, react in crazy-typical-girl horror and then promptly cried to my boyfriend about how terrible my fat rolls are (guys, they’re TURRIBLE!). Since I can’t live a truly happy life without the idea of being able to eat French bread and drinking wine while binge watching Netflix, I knew I had to just try to make all around better choices. And more importantly, I knew I needed help. Since I love technology and having someone else to hold me accountable that won’t yell at me like Jillian Michaels, I was zoned in on finding a fitness tracker.
After reading reviews for both the FitBit and the Jawbone Up24, I settled on the latter. A lot of reviews talked about how similar the two actually are, but what sold me was that a) it looked prettier and b) the app was beautifully designed. I wanted a tracker that would offer me more than just a standard pedometer and activity tracker, so I opted for the Jawbone Up24 instead of the Up Move which is the clip on style. The software that the app and band work with does so much great stuff which I will touch on further down in this post. For now, back to the prettiness! I picked out the black (aka onyx) band since I figured it would match my standard neutral colored wardrobe and once I put it on I knew it would be perfect. It’s incredibly lightweight and isn’t too bulky of a design like some of the other fitness trackers I looked at. In fact, it feels like just having a hair tie on that wrist like I normally do.
Again, the software was one of the main reason I wanted the Up24 over the FitBit. The software not only tracks steps and any fitness activities, but also what food you’re eating and your sleep habits. I’m loving the Smart Coach which learns how you normally spend your days eating, moving and sleeping and then offers advice to do everything better or motivation to keep you on track. There is also a social aspect in that you can connect with other friends that have Jawbone trackers and cheer each other on with cute little smiley emojis. I like this more than I thought I would as I found that having my friends support me in the MyFitnessPal app (which is compatible with the Jawbone Up24!) really gave me more encouragement to keep up my good habits. So its nice to double it up! When you first hop into the app, you get your little welcome screen that updates you on how you’re doing for the day. It’s broken down into your Sleep (purple), Steps (orange), and Food (green) stats for the day as shown below. Even better is that you can set your own goals for each category and the Smart Coach will help you get exactly what you want, while also suggesting ways you can improve upon your goals. I set my sleep at 7 hours per night, my steps at 8,000/day, and my calorie consumption centers more around a base of 1200-1400 calories depending on how much actual moving I can do throughout the day. As you can see below, this was a GOOD day for me! I was even able to enjoy a few super delicious margaritas that night!
So we’ll start with your sleep tracker. As the Jawbone Up24 is so light its super easy to wear to sleep without feeling awkward. I was excited to see my sleep habits since I feel so tired all the time and my anxiety is like WOAH every time I climb into bed. The tracker is able to calculate quite a bit of detail on how well you sleep at night and it also offers a “Power Nap” option, that takes how well/long you slept that night and sets an alarm for you take just the right amount of time in your afternoon nap. Based on your movements or lack there of it calculates how much sleep you were able to get through your “sound sleep” and “light sleep” which you actually move between during your REM cycles. It also tracks how many times you wake up during the night as well as the total amount of time you are awake. This date is super interesting to look at and it would be great to compare it to others – like how it takes me about 16 minutes to fall asleep and my boyfriend is asleep within moments of his head hitting the pillow. Lucky.
The next section the Jawbone Up24 covers is your physical activity throughout the day. This is where you can see how many steps you’ve taken during the day, as well as see any workouts you added to your daily routine. Since my daily goal is set at 8,000 steps anything over this is super fantastic! The default is 10,000 steps but since I didn’t think I would automatically walk that much I lowered it a little bit. Once I actually start hitting the gym or doing home workouts, I’m sure I will up my step goal! I love that it tells you how far you’ve walked the entire day and how long you are active and even inactive for. One of the reasons I was leaning towards this also is that it has an Idle Alarm that you can set for any amount of time to remind you to get up and move your lazy butt. I have mine set for every 45 minutes throughout my work day and thankfully, it has only vibrated a few times (which totally scares the sh** out of me every time since its so random).
The little red icon in the right corner indicates that you’ve done some sort of workout during the day and you can click on it to see all the pertinent deets on what you did. I love that you can tell your tracker when you are going to be doing something outside of your normal routine so that it calculates not only the steps, but the level of work you put into it as well. This gives you a far more accurate “calories burned” number so that you know if you can afford that extra piece of bread or chocolate. After your workout, you can label what you did so that the tracker and Smart Coach can learn more about what workouts you like and how much you work at it! Below is what I did on my lunch break one day when it was like, 75 degrees out and there was no way I was staying inside all day. If you don’t want to have the Up24 track your exercise, you can either manually enter something that you did OR import from many of the compatible workout apps, like MapMyRun. Up24 will then figure out the estimated calories you burned doing that activity. I also love that since you can input your height and weight, it gives you an even more accurate estimate of everything you’ve burned!
The food section has a few options for how to track your daily calorie consumption. You can either enter in your daily meals through the app itself or you can use any of the compatible apps (there are TONS) that will import data for the Up24 to work with. Since I have been using MyFitnessPal on and off for a few years, I definitely wanted to stick with that. Its one of the top food tracking apps and I love how easy it is to use. Up24 uses all the data to calculate a Food Score for your day that lets you know how healthy you are eating. The more fruits, veggies and overall healthy meals you eat – along with any water you drink – bumps your score up closer to 10. It’s also color coded, so green = good, yellow = meh, and red = STOP EATING THIS. There is an orange-ish color that I think is half way between the meh and super bad for you that does seem to show up on mine at least once a day. Gulp. You can also click on the little meal icons to see details on the nutritional content of what you are eating and the individual food score for each which is pretty fancy and can definitely help you make smarter food choices. Like MyFitnessPal, the app has a spot to scan bar codes or take pictures of what you are eating. It also has a sweet list of restaurants nearby with menus it can grab nutrition info from as well. Very handy! There is a tracker bar in the middle of the page that shows you calories consumed vs calories burned so that you can see the difference, as well as noting what deficit you need to lose the weight you want. I’m shooting for 1 lb/week so my deficit goal is about -339 calories.
Summing this all up, I’m a huge fan of the Jawbone Up24 and the super user-friendly app that it works so well with. I’m not too familiar with the app(s) for FitBit, but I have to say this one is so cheery and bright that it really motivates me a little more to keep on working on my goals. The cost of the Jawbone Up24 right now is about $129.99 and can be purchased at many different retailers, both on- and off-line (I got mine at Best Buy). I feel like this is pretty comparable to other fitness trackers that do similar things and the phone app is COMPLETELY free, which is a plus! I have heard that it seems to be more iPhone friendly over the Android-based phones, but since I have an iPhone its perfect for me. If you’re in the market for a fitness tracker to help you reach your goals I HIGHLY recommend this one!
*Disclaimer: Jawbone did not sponsor or pay any of us Tipsies for this post. All commentary and opinions are my/our own! I just wanted to share with my fellow Tipsies – and fellow amazing readers! – my experiences with this product. Enjoy!