At the half-year mark at my new job,  I began to wonder how work was impacting my physical fitness. Although I run (wickedly satisfying) mental marathons on the weekdays, my desk job is no different from looking at sitting hours logged. So I bit the bullet to try out several fitness monitoring devices on the market.

Jawbone Up, Nike Fuelband, Fitbit One

At the heart of wearable devices like the FitBit One, Nike+ Fuelband, and Jawbone Up are accelerometers and algorithms that track how much you flail around daily (e.g. steps taken, calories burned). You set goals and monitor progress on the device / app.

I tried the Fuelband and the Up for a week each, since they were wristbands with solid reviews. The Jawbone Up scores higher on design, battery life, and functionality; the Nike Fuelband shines in its simplicity and one-button ease of use. Overall, I like the Up better, since the the bonus sleep monitoring feature gives way to answering interesting questions, e.g. how much sleep can I get on a redeye flight?

A few personal findings:

  • I sleep like a baby.
  • I have surprising average activity levels.
  • I compensate for weekday sitting by dancing through the weekends. See screencaps comparing steps taken at work vs. a concert.

Continue reading for device details on design & fit, app features, and battery life.


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Relating to an earlier post:

Apparently, I like two-toned plastic frames with design details down the temples.

The old: Coach – Melissa (Burgundy)
Square frames are in, but they aren’t as flattering. I snatched up these round ones years ago.

The new: Nicole Miller NY – Passport (Sea Turtle)
This colorway is amazing. Others see the tortoise-shell, but I see sunlit Caribbean waters :)

I bought this book solely for the lavishly detailed illustrations by Scott Teplin. Besides, I can’t resist a mystery (or its cool shape).

“The call comes in from the shadowy Ternky Tower: 13 robberies, one on each floor, all the way up to the penthouse, where obnoxious importer Bevel Ternky has been relieved of the legendary Emerald Khroniker, his priceless, ancient clock. Readers must conduct their own investigations, scouring detailed illustrations for hidden clues and knotty puzzles. “

Turns out it’s a real life puzzler–a whodunit and a “where’d-they-put-it.”  Twelve emerald-studded numbers have been hand-crafted and buried across the USA. Clues to their locations are tucked away in the detailed sketches of each floor.

[Me, initially: What? You’re kidding.] This is not a joke.

The official website of Gus Twintig, the narrator of The Clock Without a Face is here. Sleuths and treasure-seekers have gathered on online forums to take on the challenge.

Hands down, this is the best $13.57 I’ve ever spent on a book. Available now from Amazon with Free Super Saver Shipping.

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