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Jul 17, 2014

Wellness Review // Nike+ FuelBand


let me start off by saying that this post is in no way sponsored by nike.  i'm sure they have no clue who i am and no one asked for my opinion, but i'm giving it anyway, so do with it what you will.

if you haven't noticed it by now, there's a huge market taking off for fitness bracelets.  fitbit, up, nike fuelband...these are just a few of the products dominating stores.  to be completely honest with you, i had little interest in purchasing one of these bracelets.  aj got an up bracelet last summer and while it was lacking in some areas, he did like the fact that it motivated and reminded him to move more throughout the day, and he did see a difference when he wore it.  unfortunately, he misplaced it in the move from boston to pa back in may, so he went on the research hunt for a replacement.

after reading a bunch of reviews and stumbling upon a pretty nice sale at dick's sporting goods, he settled on the nike+ fuel band se.  i'm not really the "he has it so i need it" type, but let's just say that he bought his on a saturday night and by tuesday i had my own.

the fuelband is an activity tracker that measures your movement and reports back with how many steps you've taken, how many calories you've burned, and how many fuel points that equates to.  nike has created their own system that takes data from your movement and converts it to a universal language of points.  think about it this way:  a person who is taller and larger than me will burn nearly twice as many calories as me doing the same walk.  with nike fuel points, weight isn't taken into account, so while that person may earn a few more points than i will because of the length of their stride, etc., the playing field will be fairly even. so we will both have to do a similar amount of work to achieve the same goal.

the band syncs to the nike+ website and the nike+ fuelband app, which allows you to set a daily goal, view and compete with friends, achieve trophies, and track your progress over time.  the bracelet syncs via bluetooth, so all you need to do is open the app within range of your band to see your progress for the day.
 
as you can see, the app has great graphics and a number of features that are both fun and informative. there are a ton of "trophies" for you to earn as you do things like exceed your goal by 150%, get moving for at least 5 minutes during 8 different hours in a day, and moving a lot during certain times of the day.

another thing i love about the fuelband is that it has a screen built right into it.  there are little led lights that shine right through the black rubberized surface of the band that can tell you how many points you have so far, how many calories you've burned, steps you've taken, etc.  it even tells you the time!  you can also stop and start "sessions" (like a walk or run) right from your band so you can track and compare workouts later through the app.  each hour, my band lights up and says "go betsy!" to remind me to get up and move.

my biggest concern with purchasing the fuelband, or any fitness bracelet, for that matter, was that i wouldn't wear it.  i was worried that it would stand out too much and that i wouldn't be able to wear it with my watch.  i've surprised myself by wearing every single day so far since i've had it...the pure competition and need to reach my goal is motivation enough, but beyond that, i've discovered that it doesn't look too bad stacked with a few other bracelets after all.  i even tried my hand at a "wrist collage" that included my nike fuelband, and i didn't mind the look of it at all!

i'm so happy with my nike+ fuelband purchase.  it's been a serious motivator for me to get moving, especially when i've been sitting at my desk all day!  i can't wait to see how it helps to connect and motivate aj and i when he's back in boston and we're long-distance again this fall...i feel like it will be a great tool to hold one another accountable and to encourage and celebrate one another's fitness accomplishments!

do you have a fitness bracelet?  which one do you have?  do you like it?

49 comments:

  1. I've had one and I've had them all. I still do. The Nike fuel band is the only one I never got into. I have a few friends that have it and love it. I have the fitbit now and love it. I am sure once I get sick of it I will switch over to the Nike fuel band. I've had nearly everything but that one.

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  2. OK wooo I can comment! I have a fitbit but I don't love it. Should I try this one?

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  3. what's been your favorite one so far?

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  4. I love my fitbit so far. I love that I can add it in with my normal jewelry. That's a big one for me. I love how it tracks everything, and it's easy to use.

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  5. my friend has one of these and loves it.

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  6. I've been trying to figure out which kind of "tracker" to get--just started back at the gym and am looking for a heart rate monitor/calorie counter, too. Would you recommend this for that function? Or is this more of a step tracker? I'm doing all my research before I buy anything!

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  7. Deidre || Love, The SkinnysJuly 17, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    This looks awesome. I have a polar fit. Butttt..... I think I would like this better.

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  8. These are cool! I have a Fitbit, but I've been looking around to see if I want to upgrade that or get something new.

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  9. I am hearing alot about this fitness bracelets. At work we (the team) bought our colleague whose leaving the same as she loves such gadgets

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  10. TheJessaOlsonBlogJuly 17, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    I have the fitbit.. I love mine. I debated on the fuel band for a while.

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  11. I had a fitbit.. and hated how it felt on my wrist. I love the concept though!

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  12. My husband has the fitbit and loves it. he really likes that it has a silent alarm and tracks his sleep patterns. I'm going to check into getting a fitness bracelet for myself. I need all the motivation I can get to get moving (sadly)!

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  13. I've never heard of that band, but it looks awesome!!! I will have to look more into it! Thanks for this review! :)

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  14. i shared the link to this blog with my hubby through facebook just now to see what he thinks of it. might be something cool to get. i've never heard about the fitness bands before now, but thinking it's time to!

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  15. I have the FitBit Flex. I really enjoy it. The Nike+ Fuelband looks really great though, too!

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  16. The gamer in me is all about earning trophies... I've been debating picking one of these up for a while - I really like the look of the Fuelband.

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  17. I have the FitBit, but I got the infamous "skin irritation" so it's going back! I will check this one out.

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  18. I've never used a fitness bracelet..but now that I wanna get back in shape slowly (gotta get this baby weight off!), I might consider it! Thanks for the review! =)

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  19. I've been so tempted to get one of these, but I think I'd forget to wear it and render it useless. i assume this one doesn't track your sleep or alert you that you haven't moved in awhile? I think it was Jawbone that I was looking into.

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  20. X and I are reading this together right now and are totally sold. haha. I'm excited to try this out!

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  21. let me know if you do! we can totally add you guys as friends and then compete! :)

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  22. actually, it can do both! It lights up every hour and says "GO BETSY" to remind me to move, as well as sends and alert to my phone that tells me to get moving. And you can track "sessions" by holding down the little button on the bracelet, so if you wear it while you sleep and start a session when you go to bed, you can label it "sleep" through the app and it can track and compare your sleep sessions! i've only tracked a sleep session once because i don't like sleeping with bracelets on, but it's definitely doable. the one thing that the jawbone does that this doesn't is have a silent alarm that vibrates to wake you up.

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  23. there are so many different ones out there!

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  24. oh no! i didn't know that was a thing with the fitbit! i did hear that it was just recalled though....

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  25. amen, me too! haha...it pushes me to reach and exceed my goals just so i can get the trophy!

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  26. i looked at the fitbit for awhile...i love all of the different colors!

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  27. they're definitely even more fun if someone else you know has one! it's fun to compete and encourage one another!

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  28. yeah, the fuelband doesn't have the silent alarm...but i'm such a deep sleeper i would be worried that it wouldn't wake me up!

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  29. oooh....well i guess it depends what you don't like about the fitbit and if this has it! i really like this one, but i haven't had anything else to compare it to....this is very interactive and you can wear it as a watch as well, so that's nice! it's also adjustable and pretty comfortable in my opinion.

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  30. i think i responded to you via email, but in case you didn't get it.....yes, it tracks calories, but no, it doesn't track heart rate. it can tell you calories, steps, and can track "sessions" if you hold down the little button on the bracelet before you start working out....then you can label sessions with whatever activity you were doing (running, walking, weight training, etc) and you can compare different workouts

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  31. i've never heard of the polar fit! there are SO many options out there!

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  32. i hope she likes it! i have really been enjoying it :)

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  33. i don't mind this one at all....it's pretty comfortable and it comes with additional links so you can customize the size...it basically feels like a watch on my wrist.

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  34. ok! yes, fun!! I'm going to get him one for his bday in a few weeks and then I will probably get one :)

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  35. I think I'll be buying one of these today!

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  36. Cosmetic SanctuaryJuly 18, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    I've been debating buying one of these!

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  37. I've never used one before but it looks like a great purchase.

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  38. The design is gorgeous!

    xo, Hima

    Hima Hearts

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  39. I like how simple that is. I've had a Jawbone UP24 for awhile now but I'm on my second one. :\

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  40. Awesome! I've been wanting a little gadget like this since I just started working out daily!

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  41. I almost got one of these, but decided to go with the Fitbit Flex instead!

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  42. oooh...how do you like it? i looked at the Fitbit!

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  43. oh no! aj was in need of an upgrade from his jawbone, and decided on the nike fuel, so that's why i ended up with this one

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  44. i'm really happy that i got one! i wear it daily!!

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  45. man, i should have gotten nike to give me commission...haha jk! hope you like it!

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  46. oh wow! okay, i will definitely have to check this one out then! thanks for all the info :)

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