Many of you have seen pictures of my new Nike+ Fuelband and a lot of you have been asking how it works, if I like it and if it’s worth getting one for yourselves.
I’ve had it for less than a week, but so far I have really enjoyed using it, so I thought I’d give you my own thoughts on the whole Fuelband thing.
So what does it do?
Essentially, the Nike+ FuelBand tracks all your day-to-day activity and translates every move you make into Fuel Points that you collect and sync with your very own Nike+ profile. You set daily goals for yourself and you can track your progress online and via a Fuelband app. You can also see how many Fuel Points your friends are earning, so essentiall,y you’re able to compete against them and yourself, and you can share your achievements on Twitter & Facebook etc.
So why should you get one?
I know that some people are a little bit against the Fuelband because they think it’s just an overpriced pedometer with a swoosh on it. However, I think those opinions are being formed without having tried it out properly.
For a person like me who sits down most of the day, I see the Fuelband as a great tool to be more active in my everyday life, but in a slightly more fun and clever way. I mean, it’s one thing being aware of the fact that you spend most of your day sitting on your ass, but there is a massive difference between knowing and DOING something about it, and I think the Fuelband helps motivate you to do something about it – beyond the “walk up the stairs / don’t take the bus” arguments.
The fact that you can set goals, track your progress and compete with friends means that you don’t want to be the lame person who never hits a goal, who is always at the bottom of the table of Nike+ friends with least points etc.
Your life will not be meaningless without one, but if you have the spare money and you’re interested in become a bit more active in your everyday life, getting a bit fitter and having more fun whilst doing so, I would highly recommend it!
PLEASE NOTE: The Nike+ Fuelband can be bit addictive and once you have it you might start doing silly things like punching the air for 5 minutes before bedtime because you want to earn those extra 1000 points before you fall asleep, setting crazy challenges whilst cleaning the house to see how many points each chore will earn you, or doing silly dances and star jumps whilst putting together the shopping list and so on.
It really goes with the whole “Make life a sport” mantra and that isn’t a bad thing!
I hope you’re well and that you’re enjoying the last day of the Olympics.
I wasn’t really into it to begin with, but seeing the amazing Mo Farah win his second gold medal last night has really inspired me to try to take this training a bit more seriously.
Which kind of ties in with what I wanted to share with you all today…
As I mentioned in my post yesterday, Nike invited me to their Olympic showroom the other day and I got to try out their new Nike+ Training shoe –Nike Lunar Hyperworkout+
Nike Lunar Hyperworkout+
Now those of you who have known we for a while know that I have never ever been a sneaker obsessed person, let alone one that chooses working out over other “more fun things”.
But after meeting Bangs last year I can safely say that I am a changed woman and this latest innovation by Nike has really blown me away! (And just to clarify, nio I am not getting paid to say this – I am genuinely impressed and excited!)
So what does this shoe do that is so awesome?
Well, it combines a lot of things that I personally feel has been missing (at least in my “training life”) when it comes to combining exercise, technology and being social.
If we just start with the actual shoe (and disregard the fact that it looks awesome!), it has built in sensors that can feel and track your every move.
Nike sensors in the Lunar Hyperworkout+ shoes
That basically means that the shoes can sense where your feet are putting the pressure, but they also sense and measure things like jumps, speed and intensity.
Orsii trying out Nike Lunar Hyperworkout+
As you can see on the screen in the photo above – I am putting all my weight on my right foot and the sensor are picking it up and displaying it!
But the clever thing is not just the technology with the shoes and the fact that it helps people measure and track their progress (which I personally think is very important because that in turn helps with your motivation) – it also comes with a free app filled with workouts (like the ones I am doing below) that you can download to your phone!
White girls can jump!
Why is that brilliant? Well, for one I think it’s pretty cool how your shoes can connect with your phone this and measure your performance.
However, it also cool because the workouts are lead by some of the best athletes on this planet, which means that you get to train just like them, measure and track your progress and try to improve your performance with every workout that you do.
Orsii rope skipping
And from a personal perspective, what I think is one of the most clever things Nike has done, not just in terms of this amazing shoe & the app but with Nike+ in general, is that they allow you to share it with and compete against your friends!
Orsii doing some drills
It might not sound like a big deal, but when you’re like me and have your “active friends” scattered around the globe, it is amazing to be able to share and compete with them through Nike+ and the different workout/running apps!
Workout done! Game On World!
Massive thanks to Nike for inviting me to try this out, I am so impressed with how you are raising the bar when it comes to fitness and technology! If I could afford it at the moment (which sadly I can’t) then I would definitely buy a pair because they really make working out more fun!
Stay tuned for my post about the Nike+ Fuelband that Nike kindly gave me during this visit! It’s super awesome :)