You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure

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

What about you, fit friend? Do you use an activity tracker?

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    Andrew Spear (@xcspear)
    12/17/2013 at 3:37 pm

    My opinion (as a Fitbit Flex owner) is finding out what environment you want to buy into. All 3 are great bands and have wireless syncing. The apps and integration of services is where they differ from each other. To get what you want out of the band you have to wear it all the time. This means you will have to choose the one that is fun, comfortable, and looks great. I’m more into the fun/features offered area.

    UP24: If I were to start over again I would probably try this one. This integrates with other apps (RunKeeper, Strava, FitStar, IFTTT, and many more), has a great looking app, better features than the others, and is the newest out of all the bands. The thing I worry about is that the previous generation had so many quality control issues. Hopefully they fixed that.

    Fitbit Flex: A big pro is being able to swap wristbands out if one gets scuffed up or just want a new color (7 colors offered). At $15 for a band it’s kind of pricy but also makes it look new again. I think the app is a little too basic. It tells you everything you need but I really feel they could match what the UP24 does. This was the best wristband out when I got mine and I’m still happy with it.

    Nike FuelBand: In my opinion this is the least exiting of the three. The newest FuelBand didn’t add any great features (besides wireless syncing) from the previous generation. You really have to be in the Nike app world to get the full benefit. It’s also too bulky of a wristband for me.

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      12/17/2013 at 3:43 pm

      I knew I could count on you Andrew! Thanks for the thorough (and expert) thoughts. I didn’t consider integration with other apps… I use run keeper regularly. I think I should go do a test run and try a few on. I have tried the UP band (Isaac has the first generation model) and it feels pretty comfortable. Thanks again!

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    02/10/2014 at 8:05 pm

    I ended up going with the Jawbone UP24. So far, I am very pleased, but also still figuring it all out.

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