Transformation – Jawbone vs. Fitbit
We always get the best results when we monitor what we do and examine the data to make course corrections as we go. I do this all the time with social media. I spend money every month on social media software that collects & shows me my data so I can make better informed decisions. Why should I leave my health and fitness up to (weak) memory or chance? Why shouldn’t I utilize available technology to collect data and make well-informed decisions for my own health and fitness? It makes perfect sense.
I love data. Data motivates me. Why not make my fitness (which is sadly lagging) data driven?
With this in mind, I’ve been exploring the world of fitness technology accessories.
Have You Used Jawbone and/or Fitbit Devices?
I’d love to get some input from people who have used one (or both) of these devices for fitness/health tracking.
Here’s what I need:
Sleep Tracking – I’ve found that sleep is vital to my weight loss efforts. From previous experience, I know if I don’t get enough sleep, perfect diet & exercise have no effect. Some nights I sleep like a rock and others I toss and turn. Data may help me figure out why.
Meal Timer – I need a meal timer that reminds me to eat. A little vibe on my wrist would be a great way to remind me without being irritating.
Speaking of irritating reminders, I downloaded a meal timer app for my phone. It looked good enough. It could remind me as many as 6 times a day which is great, but I usually have the sound off on my phone while I’m working. When I work is when I get lost in time and forget to eat, so the app was reminding me silently and I wasn’t acknowledging it. Because I never acknowledged it on time and it didn’t have a way for me to do it after the fact, the app began to believe I wasn’t ever eating. The other day, it got passive agressive on me and suggested “Maybe you should try harder next time”.
Bike/Walking Mileage – I love biking, either on an actual bicycle or a stationary bike, so mileage is important. I currently use Runkeeper to keep track of mileage and times.
Team/Group Tracking – I’d love to get my sons similar devices so we can challenge each other with fitness activities. How great would it be to have a stepping challenge where the winner gets a special award at the end of the week like picking the movie for Family Movie Night or some cold, hard cash?
Desktop Interface – In order to examine the data I collect, I’d like to be able to look at all of it on my desktop or laptop screen. What good is tracking all of my data when I can’t analyze it properly?
So let’s talk. Are you Team Jawbone or Team Fitbit, what has your experience been, and do you know which one might fit my needs?