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The Jawbone UP and a Healthy Lifestyle #VZWBuzz

by Jason Ramsey

Disclosure:   As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own.

Living a tech lifestyle can be tricky at times. Our devices are so accessible that we can find ourselves staying up too late to be on our phones, tablets, or laptops. Constantly consuming data and creating content can also make it easy to justify not exercising. I’m guilty of both of these. Now that I have the Jawbone Up though, there is nowhere to hide.

Jawbone is a wristband that pairs with a fitness app. I have the app on both of my Verizon devices, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the iPhone 5S, so it is available for Android and iOS #VZWBuzz. It can track everything from your sleeping patterns, how many steps you take each day, to your day-to-day mood. It’s easy to use, and very honest with you. Follow the simple instructions that it comes with, and you will be on your way to living a healthier lifestyle. The Jawbone UP updates you via bluetooth connection, so there is no need to plug it in to sync it. It is also loaded with colorful graphics that help you monitor your exercise and sleep. Pair that with the goals it allows you to set, and you can really make some progress.

UP Sleep stats

UP Sleep stats

The part of it that has helped me the most is the sleep statistics. I have worn mine for about two months now, and I am sleeping better. It amazes me how much detail that it can give me too. I push the button to tell it I’m going to sleep and it does the rest, no pun intended. UP can tell me how long it took me to fall asleep, how much time was sound sleep, how much time was light sleep, how many times I woke up, how long I was awake, and total time in bed. Displayed with text and a beautiful bar graph, with a running weekly total at the bottom. It will even email you weekly summaries Astonishing.

While the sleep data impresses me the most, it has just as impressive data about my activity. Exercise is important, and has improved since I started using UP but that’s a story for another post. Overall, the app encourages me to change by tracking my habits. I’ve always declared I’d rather be healthy than skinny. For me its more about attaining a feeling of wellness, and for me that starts with my sleep.

UP in Box

UP in Box

 

UP unboxed

UP unboxed

 

Ellen and the 2014 Oscars Broke Twitter

What does it take to go viral? Well, how bout the host of the 2014 Oscars taking a selfie with Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Angelina Jolie, Jared Leto, and a few others? When she took it she told the audience that she wanted to set the all time record for a retweeted picture. At current count it’s around 712 thousand, and was taken 41 minutes ago. This is the link to the original tweet, the one of mine embeded below is from people magazine, it was actually posted before Ellen’s. Moments later, twitter was down, and the rest is history. Well done twitterers! Brands get in line, this is the future.