My experience with the Fuelband has been, for the most part, awesome. I bought the original Fuelband almost a year after it’s release and loved it so much that I preordered the SE so I could have it on release day. The new hourly challenges are cool and meant to keep you active throughout the day but I don’t really shoot to hit those challenges. A new feature for the SE is “Sessions” where you can tag specific part of your day with the activities you were doing at the time so you can see how you spend your day. That is a feature that I use a lot.
Some of the cons that I can think of are that if you’re a swimmer or a cyclist, this isn’t for you. The Fuelband will get fried in the pool (you can wear it in the shower though) and it won’t measure all your activity on the bike. Also, my first SE died on me after three days of owning it. BUT Nike has amazing customer support and were quick to exchange my defective one for a brand new one at no cost to me. Also if you’re looking for a device where you can integrate caloric intake, the Fuelband ain’t it.
Now I can’t compare the Fuelband to other fitness trackers like the FitBit or the Jawbone UP but I suspect they are very similar in their features (I think the one of the ones I mentioned above allows for calorie input). One thing I can say is awesome is the Nike+ online community and if you already have a Nike+ account for another device the integration of your Fuelband would be seamless. Plus the iOS app is very intuitive and well designed.
I would definitely recommend a Fuelband to anyone who is looking for a daily fitness tracker and not worried overly concerned with their calorie intake. It’s minimalist design and comfortability make it a perfect piece of wearable technology to keep me motivated and keeps me moving…especially on those days that I’m feeling discouraged to get my exercise in. I just look at my Fuelband and those little lights that tell me I haven’t met my goal for the day get me off the couch and out the door.
I hope this helps with your decision and no matter what you decide, good luck and keep movin’!
Ok so this morning’s run was freezing cold out. Even as bundled up as I was I was a popsicle when I finished. Oh and a little pro tip for all you who are like me and don’t run in freezing weather. Running with a Buff over your nose is a good way to keep your face warm…until the moisture from your breathing soaks the Buff and makes it impossible to get any oxygen. It’s like trying to breath through a straw…or what I imagine being water boarded would feel like.
I was on a bit of a time crunch this morning trying to fit this run in before Navy PT. As you can see this led to faster splits than I should be running at this point in my taper. BUT two important things to remember are that it was STUPID cold out and I wasn’t about to be out there longer than necessary. Also, and this is probably more important, I’m not a morning person and just getting out there this morning was a huge win for me.
Seriously guys it took me 40 minutes to get myself out the door and at least 4 pep talks to keep me from crawling back into my nice warm bed. If I didn’t have to drive to San Diego tonight I can guarantee my bed would have won.
tiffkrieger replied to your photo “Flying into the #sunset. #f18 #navy #airplane #colorful #orange…”
That is probably the most gorgeous sunset I’ve ever seen!
It really was a beautiful sunset. I saw it as I was driving and had to pull over so I could get a good picture…and also not die while trying to drive and take pics.
mar-kicksass replied to your photo “Sometimes getting out of work late has it’s perks… #sunset #beautiful…”
Do you work on Mars?!?
Well…it definitely feels like it sometimes. It also helps to have a camera with a good sunset setting on it.
Santa to the Sea Half Marathon is only 4 days away! The tapering continues!
My daughter’s running streak continues on it’s second day.
She was so excited tonight that she was 20 seconds faster tonight. We ran the same route as last night and we even had to stop twice to fix her mittens. She is a little speed demon!
After her run I went on my run. While I was out she and Mrs. BC made some cookies for National Cookie Day.
Meanwhile I knocked out a quick and easy 5 miles.
This felt really good tonight. Every mile felt easier than the one before it. I had to remind myself several times during the last couple miles to slow down. Also, the temperature was 45˚F when I went out tonight, the temperature in Oxnard at 8am (race start time) on Sunday will be in the low 40’s so I had a good idea of what the temperature is going to be like on race day. I thought I might wear my Nike running gloves but I was ready to ditch them at mile four tonight so I’m going to wear some cheap gloves that I can toss somewhere on the course.
I think I’m finally ready for this race.