At the start of my career, I worked on a team of 4 women, of which I was the youngest and least experienced. My time with them was gift and I took away more than I contributed, both personally and professionally. Our team leader was a wonderfully soft hearted and brilliant engineer & mathematician. She would always say,
“You can’t manage what you don’t measure.”
In our field, the way to manage a building’s reduction in operating costs and environmental impact is to measure both. You cannot improve without managing, and you cannot manage without measuring. Our physical fitness is similar; we cannot manage it unless we measure it.
I admit that this feels less a chore, mostly because it takes discipline. Since when has logging anything been enjoyable, right? Well, I am looking to get a better handle on my daily movement and activity through measurement. Using an activity tracker will help reduce the chore and provide real time metrics and motivating stats. With Christmas and my birthday around the corner, I can save enough to pull the trigger.
As I research my options, I would love your input, especially if you have personal experience with any of these products. The products I am looking at all have positive reviews, have a comparable look, and have a compatible app for iPhone. Note, some of the apps allow for food tracking, which at the moment I am not interested in.
Option 1: Nike+ FuelBand
Two factors are giving this one an edge: 1) rose gold (hello, Sporty Spice!!) and 2) compatibility with Nike Training Club app
Option 2: UP24 by Jawbone
Option 3: Fitbit Flex