Wellocracy: What kind of tracker(s) (device/app) are you using and when did you start wearing it?
Lindsay: I started using the UP3 by Jawbone in December 2015, and I have been using it ever since.
Wellocracy: Why did you start using a tracker? Do you have specific health/wellness goals?
Lindsay: I started to use a tracker because I wasn’t moving as much as I needed to in order to lose weight, or even maintain my current weight. I had wanted a tracker for some time, but they were expensive. So when I received my tracker as a gift, I saw it as an opportunity to track and monitor my movement, as well as my sleeping habits to better understand and improve my health.
Wellocracy: What did you learn about yourself by using a tracker?
Lindsay: I learned that I don’t move nearly as much as I thought I did. I’ve read that taking 10,000 steps a day is a good way to start achieving better health. Unfortunately, despite the fact that I am on my feet all day for my job, I was only logging about 1/5 of my daily need. So it inspired me to start making changes to include dedicated walking time. Additionally, I learned about my sleep habits; how long it took me to fall asleep and how many times per night my husband would wake me with his snoring. It was a great way to prove to him that I was not getting a restful night of sleep!
Wellocracy: What do you like best about your tracker? What do you like least about it?
Lindsay: I like almost everything about the UP3 by Jawbone. It is stylish, the app is fantastic, it tracks my resting heart rate, steps and sleep (although you can track more through the app). It syncs well with other apps like MyFitnessPal and MapMyRun. I also love the ability to “find my band” using the Device Finder function from Jawbone. I’m eternally losing things and if the band has a charge, I can see where it last synced. The few things I don’t care for are minor: there is no “display” on the band (I cannot see my steps or heart rate and there is no time or clock display), it is not waterproof (although Jawbone says it is okay to wash hands or take a shower – but I’m not taking any chances), and there is no way to check heart rate other than resting.
Wellocracy: Do you share your data with family or friends?
Lindsay: I don’t have many people I can share my data with. I did “friend” my mom on the UP3 app. The app also syncs with other programs, so I’ve been able to add a few more friends. I don’t know many people who use fitness tracker apps so the list is short.
Wellocracy: What advice would you give someone thinking about tracking or, do you have other thoughts you would like to share?
Lindsay: I did some research on health and fitness trackers. The market for trackers and apps is huge. It’s possible to find something with everything you want, but it might cost a lot. The UP3, while short on bells and whistles, works well for me. I wear it every day, all the time. It fits perfectly with my lifestyle. I work 50 hours a week and I am mildly active. I never have any reason not to wear my tracker. Bottom line, get only what you need and get something you won’t mind wearing every day. It’ll benefit you more in the end, than it would to have something that can track everything known to man, if you don’t wear it consistently.