Time to Get UP and Get off Your Butt: UP by Jawbone Giveaway

The Up band by Jawbone

I’m giving this one away!

***This giveaway has ended. Winner will be announced 4/29/2013.

As  far back as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be outside instead of inside. That’s why I was super stoked to take on a more outdoor, sustainable lifestyle.  Our lifestyle transition Goodbye Convenience, Hello Homestead, has been a perfect, smooth, and easy transition.

No it hasn’t.

It’s been all kinds of awesome and challenging all at the same time. It’s like being back in school, just with more dirt and yard clean-up. Thankfully the awesome part seriously overshadows the challenging part.

One of those awesome things is that the whole family is definitely more active. We spend hours and hours outside doing all kinds of work and fun activities. There’s always something to do that involves the physical.

Funny thing about activity. The more you do the more you want to do. You would think if you sat in a chair for hours, you’d have lots of energy when you got up because you’d essentially been at rest the whole time, right? Nope. It doesn’t work like that. In fact the more you sit, the less energy you’ll have.

We all have 24 hours in a day. Approximately 16 are spent awake. Even if we spend an hour at the gym, that leaves 15 hours. Thinking of this made me take a look at not just my gym time, but also my living time. For me, healthy living has to be holistic and include all aspects of our lives – the whole 24-hour cycle.

So the timing couldn’t have been more perfect when recently Verizon sent me an UP by Jawbone to try.  Personally, this is the first fitness gadget I’ve found that gives me feedback on my whole day (and night) instead of just the small window of time I’m actually doing one specific activity.

There’s a whole bunch of reasons I love this wrist band, but the fact that I can set an Idle Alert is HUGE to me. I set mine to 30 minutes; the band senses I’ve been idling and vibrates on my wrist to let me know. It really is shocking how quickly a half hour goes by when you’re on the computer! Yikes!

Although I don’t focus on measurements like the scale or how wide my hips are, I love how it tracked my steps. I find it fun to sync the band on my phone and try to guess the number of steps I’ve walked. Or halfway through the day I check to see where I am for the number I’ve set as a goal. I liked having that accountability and the access to the info instantly.

Another favorite feature is the sleep tracking. It’s cool to view how much of your sleep was light, deep, and how many times you woke up. I also love that you set an alarm and the band vibrates. Nice to not be awakened by an obnoxious alarm. The Viking also is appreciative of that perk.

Since there’s so many features I love (like food tracking and being able to shower in it), here’s an  overview of the UP by Jawbone.

So overall what did I think? After 10 days of use, I have to say the UP positively motivated me all day – not just during the one hour of gym time. And it’s fun to use. Really, if it sucks to use or if it’s especially difficult to figure out, most of us will say forget it. The fact that non-techy me could figure it out was a big plus indeed.

Now the really fun part for me — Verizon gave me an UP to give away to one of you (they’re super cool like that).

All you need to do is comment on this post to be  entered. How easy is that?!

Giveaway ends Friday 4/26/2013 11:59 pm [US only]

*** I’m a #VZWbuzz team member and compensated. Verizon gave me an UP by Jawbone and one to giveaway for this blog post. My opinions are always my own. 








  1. This sounds amazing! I’ve been wanting something that tracks more than just my HR monitor during workouts.

  2. This looks awesome!! I just bought a gym membership and & am trying to go about 4 days a week! My summer goal is to get fit!! 🙂 I am new to this working out deal so this bracelet would be an awesome reminder and keep me stickin to it!

  3. Victoria Bertrand says:

    I’d love to win the Up by Jawbone! Looks really cool! I have been on a weightloss journey that started in late feb this year. I have lost 20lbs so far and am having trouble staying motivated with consistent exercise. This looks like it would help keep me accountable & on track!

    • It really is great for accountability @google-1c0ef29d23ca4fde5dfa2fcb6811534b:disqus – And you can share with a community or keep it all private. Congrats on your 20lbs lost!

  4. stephanieohdee says:

    Oh my gosh I want one so bad. I got a Nike Fuelband as a gift in December and it stopped working last weekend. I cannot BELIEVE how poorly designed they are and how limited the functions were, but everything I’ve heard about the Jawbone UP = fantastic.

  5. I have never even heard of this gadget…I’ve been a Verizon member forever…..lol Oh I would soooo LOVE to win this gadget….this would change the way I do things for SURE

  6. MIZCarla says:

    I would love one. For all reasons especially the sleep tracking 🙂

  7. sarahkayhoffman says:

    I have always thought about getting one of these, but I never saw a review like yours. Would love one!

  8. Bonnie Johnson says:

    Sounds very versatile for all facets of my fitness life…. I soon need to acquire one…. Do they sell them at Verizon?

  9. What a useful review. Thank you! The idle alert is brilliant! I easily lose track of time at the computer and would love that reminder that it’s time to get my body moving.

  10. I use an HRM when I work out but I would love to see how active (or not) I am throughout the regular day! GREAT review!

    • Thank you! 🙂 That was my thoughts exactly @facebook-100004009612050:disqus – I’ve used a HRM, but wanted to know about my activity throughout the day. Being able to track a pattern helps you make appropriate changes.

  11. Nice! A friend of mine has one of these to monitor her sleeping patterns. Awesome little device!

  12. As my birthday approaches I’m considering what my next year of awesome will be about. This may be the next best thing to having something that told me to get off my computer. Although, my husband may try to claim it as his own. And you’re absolutely right that movement makes you want to move more. Thanks for this great evaluation of the UP, Joyce. I really trust your opinion b/c I know you’re a no-nonsense kind of gal.

    • Thanks Sara! Happy upcoming birthday! I think what’s great about the band is the variety of features. We all have certain areas we struggle with. The UP seems to have something for everyone.

  13. jeremy gatica says:

    I have a few friends, that have one of these im very impressed with the UP, bracelet eventually I would like to get one, But right now its cost prohibitive for me. raising two young boys with special needs, the coolest feature I would find most helpful is the sleep patterns etc.. If you have kids you know how helpful sleep can be, and to try to get the proper amount of sleep.

    • @google-aaf20d7dd01861593623379d474286e9:disqus I definitely gotcha on the kids and sleep thing. It’s so much a part of really being healthy too. Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Looks awesome!

  15. Wow how awesome!! I could use the motivation!

  16. I have wanted to check one of those out. Sounds like great motivation!

  17. I tried to buy one of these for months when they first came out, but the large size was always out of stock. I had money in hand and was ready to pull the trigger but the timing was never right. I’m entering the giveaway, but even if I don’t win, they’re going to have another sale now that large is in stock. Such a cool product!

  18. Sounds like just the kind of thing I need to keep me active all day long. How on earth can I become part of the #VZWbuzz team?

  19. Oh how cool is this. Love that it fits on the wrist. My waistband activity monitor goes flying across the tile floor every time I go to the bathroom. Wait, did I just overshare? 😉

  20. I would LOVE to win this. Then I can return the one I bought! 😉

  21. Oooh, that idle vibration reminder sounds very cool! I’ve tried a couple of other all day tracking devices, but neither of them had that functionality. I love my Jawbone Jambox and would love to try the Up, too!

    • @TheDailyMel:disqus Love the Jambox. That little thing is amazing! I love the idle feature too. That probably has contributed more to my health in the last 10 days than anything else.

  22. Sarah Robinson says:

    Would love this! Right now I have alarms set on my phone, but I quickly ignore them if I’m too busy or the phone’s the radio or on silent… or …

  23. My wife and I have been looking and comparing these to other competitors for the last week or so. If we got a free one, we’d definitely buy another. #competetivehousehold

  24. Oooooh I love the idea of an ‘idle alert.” That’s something new!!!

  25. Kim Turner says:

    Sounds like a super awesome tool – I would love to win and try it!!

  26. Oh..I would love to have it. I am outdoors so much more these days, gardening, planting, and yes the elliptical is outside too. Would love to have something that would track it all

    • @twitter-100116010:disqus Any extra activities you add in manually. But you get to choose the level of exertion which I like, and of course the length of time. It adds it into your day total in addition to steps taken. You even get to add your mood 🙂

  27. Ooh! I’ve been eyeing one for some time now. I would love one! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  28. OK, I so want to try. I know you talk of your no techy self which is me so if you can use it, I can use it!!! I am afraid of the more complicated ones! 🙂

  29. wow! That is very cool, I would love to try it out.

  30. wow! That is very cool, I would love to try it out.

  31. The up is awesome! I have to say that tracking sleep would be a huge sell! I also think it pushes people to take the stairs over the elevator etc… very cool!

  32. The up is awesome! I have to say that tracking sleep would be a huge sell! I also think it pushes people to take the stairs over the elevator etc… very cool!

  33. I would love to win this!

  34. connieaw says:

    I’ve been looking at this for use with my fitness goals! Cool!

  35. Annie Browne says:

    Love to hear that your transition is going well, even though it’s been a challenge…anything worth doing should be somewhat challenging, right?!?! As for the UP, what a cool gadget!!! Would love to give one a try. Wonder how it would track at CrossFit!

  36. I have been wanting one of these for a year now!

  37. Yes please! Always wanted one!

  38. Christopher Cassady says:

    The Jawbone Up covers a lot to be such a small device which will help me improve my daily workout and daily lifestyle. I really like how it helps with your sleep patterns, mine are horrible. April 1st I started back working out and this device would help me improve in a major way. 🙂 Thank you for the wonderful opportunity.

  39. The Jawbone Up covers a lot to be such a small device which will help me improve my daily workout and daily lifestyle. I really like how it helps with your sleep patterns, mine are horrible. April 1st I started back working out and this device would help me improve in a major way. 🙂 Thank you for the wonderful opportunity.

  40. Michelle G. says:

    I would love to try on of these. 🙂

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  42. Thanks for the motivation, Joyce, the UP has been so helpful to me in recognizing my sleep and activity patterns. I now know which days of the week I have more energy and it helps me compensate for those days when I know it’s harder to “get moving” !! I am so grateful for your inspiration and advice in my wellness journey.

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