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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Navigating the World of Fitness Trackers: FitBit One vs. Jawbone UP Move

The world of fitness trackers seems to be exploding, with new ones popping up each day. With so many on the market, how do you know which one is the best for your unique requirements? Do you really need all the bells and whistles of a $400 fitness tracker? If you do, then there is most certainly one for you on the market. However, for the casual fitness buff or even someone who is relatively active, there are a number of fitness trackers available at a reasonable price.


FitBit One


This is a relatively older fitness tracker, but it is still popular today. The FitBit One, first introduced in late 2012, is a wireless activity and sleep tracker that can be worn on a number of locations on the body. It can track the number of steps you take, the distance you cover, number of calories you burn during the activity of the day, and measure the number of stairs that you climb. These steps, which many owners elect to set at the recommended number of 10,000 per day, count toward earning badges.


The sleep tracking aspect of the FitBit One is activated by the press of a button on the unit which activates the timer option; with another press when you wake up, the sleep monitoring phase ends. The FitBit One also comes equipped with an alarm function that gently wakes you up with a vibration. In order to view your activity and sleep data, the FitBit One syncs automatically via Bluetooth 4.0 to both smartphones and tablets, as well as to a computer via the toggle that comes with the unit. The FitBit One requires a battery charge approximately every two weeks, which is facilitated via the dongle that is included with the base kit. The FitBit One has a manufacturers  suggested retail price  of $99.99.


Who is this fitness tracker best for?


The FitBit One is ideal for beginners, as it is easy to use and allows integration with a variety of fitness-related applications, such as Myfitnesspal and the FitBit Aria scale. The application is user friendly and allows for easy interpretation of the data gathered during the day and night. However, the sleep function does require the user to manually activate it prior to falling asleep, and to remember to take it out of sleep mode upon waking. Additionally, the FitBit One is not waterproof, therefore may not be a good choice if your primary activity is swimming.


Jawbone UP Move


A more recent addition to the fitness tracker gadget family is the Jawbone UP Move, which was introduced in late 2014. This fitness tracker is about the size of a quarter and can be worn on the wrist or clipped to various articles of clothing; however, the wristband is sold separately. The Jawbone UP Move tracks the number of steps you take, the overall number of calories burned, and both hours and quality of sleep achieved. The Jawbone UP Move requires the user to manually place the fitness tracker into the sleep tracking mode by pressing the disc on the face of the unit prior to falling asleep and to manually end the sleep tracking phase upon waking.


T he Jawbone UP Move is compatible with both Android and Apple smartphones and tablets, and syncs wirelessly via Bluetooth technology. The Jawbone UP Move application allows you to track your food and drink intake in terms of calories and nutrients, providing you with a food score, with higher numbers being associated with healthier choices. The Jawbone UP Move has a good social sharing feature that allows you to see the sleep, food scores, and activities of your friends. The app also provides you with daily tips to help you to achieve your health and fitness goals. The battery of the Jawbone UP Move lasts for approximately six months and is not rechargeable. The Jawbone UP Move has an MSRP of $39.99.


Who is this fitness tracker best for?

The Jawbone UP Move is a nice little fitness tracker which can help to provide incentive to adopt healthier habits, such as walking and eating healthier. The feedback can be motivating and the sleep feature allows you to see how much time you spent in sound and light sleep, as well as how many times you were awake and how long it took you to fall asleep. The Jawbone UP Move app sometimes provides you with challenges which you can accept or decline, including taking extra steps, drinking more water, or going to bed earlier.


Remembering to manually place the tracker into sleep mode can be difficult, and the unit is not waterproof. While you can log in workouts of a variety of activities, the sessions will not count toward your daily step goal, unless your activity consists of walking or similar motions. Activities such as weightlifting, while they burn calories, can skew your activity goal since the goal is centered on walking and running.


While both the FitBit One and the Jawbone UP Move are useful tools for fitness tracking, selecting the one that is right for you depends on your personal needs and lifestyle. Both have sleep tracking and a social aspect, as well as the capability to integrate with a variety of other fitness, health, and lifestyle apps. If most of your physical activity comes in the form of walking or running, the FitBit One would be the better  option. However, if you engage in a variety of activities, such as weight lifting, cardio, cycling, yoga, pilates, and skiing, the Jawbone UP Move would be the preferable  choice for your healthy lifestyle needs.

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