Trying out Nike+ Fuelband
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!