UP by Jawbone®: Tuning Into Your Health Easily




Have you heard of the new device called UP, by Jawbone! Well, if you have not, I can assure you it is amazing! Are you looking for a smart, easy, & fun way to learn about your own health, eating habits, sleeping habits and so on? Well, if so I have the perfect item for YOU or someone YOU know!

When I first started reading about these, I thought it would be great for my husband, however, once Verizon Wireless provided me with 3 weeks to use it, I fell in love and want one ASAP! Let me first tell you about the device.   It  is a wristband that allows you to track your steps, fitness, sleeping habits, & more! This smart fitness tracker will blend easily into your daily routine, and honestly ANYONE, any age can figure it out!

The UP by Jawbone is a smart accessory that’s downright brilliant. One evening, before bed, I was having a cocktail with my husband. When I plugged it in to download my steps for the day, it actually told me that an evening nightcap could affect my sleep!!! I was shocked and amazed! A smart accessory, if you didn’t know, is a device that communicates with your smartphone or tablet (it can also work with an i-pad). If you are wearing UP while you work, play, exercise and sleep, it can provide you with a view into your daily activity habits and how they affect your overall health. Knowledge is power after all, and, with UP, you stand to gain a whole lot of knowledge. It introduces you to good and bad habits, provides you will trends, and suggests alternatives. This device also congratulates you on your achievements daily too, which many of us need.

What’s UP?
UP is a system consisting of an app and a durable, flexible band that’s worn around the wrist and tracks your activity and sleep. It’s resistant to water, so your morning shower or a sudden afternoon downpour won’t damage it, though it’s not recommended to wear it while swimming. Connect it to a USB power source with the included cable, charge it and go—the band stays powered for up to 10 days on a single charge. The device comes in black, grey, and blue. Also, you can purchase it in a small, medium, or large.

Owners of compatible smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy Note® IIDroid DNA by HTC and Samsung Galaxy S® III can download the free UP by Jawbone Android or iOS app. Syncing your UP band with the app is as easy as plugging it into your headphone jack. The app pulls your information into bar graphs of sleep and activity progress, offers daily insights based on your activity, and identifies trends in your sleep and activity patterns.

Every step you take
Unlike a standard fitness-tracking app, UP captures all of your daily activity. The UP app provides a rich view of this data, showing when you were most active, when you were idle for the longest, how many calories you burned at rest and how many calories you burned during activity. It’s a complete snapshot of your day, from your first step out of bed to your last step before you go to sleep. When you are ready for bed,  UP can help monitor the quality of your sleep too. Pressing the band’s button once puts the device in sleep mode. By monitoring your movement, UP can report to you how long you slept, how much time you spent in deep sleep and how many times you woke up during the night. I even tried this out to see how accurate it was. I would look at the clock, to remember what time I woke up. I swear it was on the money each and every time! This device is amazing!  I also liked how it would tell me how long it took me to fall asleep at night.

Watch what you eat
The UP app allows you to track as much or as little as you like of what you eat. Take a picture of your meal to keep a visual record of your diet, scan the barcode on the box to identify the food and nutritional information or search a rich database for the item on your plate. Track every calorie of your daily diet, or don’t. Unfortunately, I do not have a smart phone, YET – hint, hint – so I used our i=pad to record my data. I think it would be MUCH easier to record this part with a smart phone/tablet.

Lastly, you can share the data with friends and family. You can compete, or keep it all to yourself – totally up to you!

My 6 yr old daughter is always begging to sleep with my hubby and I. So, I decided to test out the band on her. Night 1, she slept in her bed. She slept for 5.5 hrs deeply, and 4.5 hrs lightly. Night 2, she slept in our bed. She slept for 6.0 hrs deeply and 4.5 hrs lightly. So, now since she slept longer, deeply in our bed – she insists she should be there every night! My hubby and I – we never sleep THAT deeply when she in our bed! HAHA! It just goes to show you how our children’s lives have drastically changed with the use of this amazing technology! I also think, this device would benefit a person who has sleep apnea or snores. it would show how many times they wake up during the night and other useful facts.

With Father’s Day, Graduations, Weddings, and other important events occuring – the UP by Jawbone would make the perfect gift for anyone or any age whether they are healthy, unhealthy, or just curious about themselves and their lifestyle. Please check out the other important facts about it below! Then, head out and get one for YOU or someone else!


  • Designed to be worn 24/7; up to 10 days of battery life
  • Tracks sleep & activity using advanced sensor technology
  • Log what you eat & drink & track nutritional info
  • Get personalized insights that help you set & achieve your goals
  • Set a Smart alarm to help you wake up feeling refreshed
  • Set Idle Alerts to remind you to move and stay active
  • Team up with friends to share, collaborate or compete


  • iOS devices 5.1 or greater
  • iPhone 3GS or later
  • iPod Touch 3Gen or later
  • iPad
  • Compatibile with select Android 4.0+ devices


  • Size: Large (for wrists measuring 7 to 8 inches around)
  • 69mm W × 43mm H (inner)
  • 81mm W × 56mm H (outer)
  • Perimeter distance: 180mm (inner), 236mm (outer)
  • Weight: 23gm

Items Included in box:

  • UP band
  • Quick start guide
  • USB charging cable


  • Sensor & Interface
  • Precision motion sensor
  • Single push-button interface
  • Vibrating motor for notifications
  • Dual LEDs
  • Lithium-ion polymer battery
  • Up to 10 days of use between charges
  • USB charging cable-fully charges in 80 minutes
Detroit Mommies Expert Contributor
Jill is a former teacher who is now a stay at home mommy, by choice, of her active 7 yr old daughter, Kelsey Anne, in Livonia, Michigan. On the side, she works as a Social Media & Marketing Coordinator for a Michigan based Protocol Company with 25 years experience, specializing in creating, managing, and producing gala events for dignitaries, celebrities and non-profit organizations throughout the country. She also volunteers at her daughter's school, has recently started substitute teaching, enjoys entering contests and sweeps, & spending time with her family. You can follow her on Twitter @jillkathan.
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