***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.