3 Connected Devices That Monitor My Health

The older I get the more reminded I am about the importance of taking better care of myself. As with most things, the easier the task the more likely you are to do it. That’s why I use these three devices on a very regular basis to keep me in check. The first one is the Nike+ Fuelband. I originally got one as a gift, but have since upgraded to the current model

 

The Nike+ Fuelband SE Rose Gold Edition

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I can not only see the time at a glance, but also the dots going across the top show me where I stand towards my daily goal

The Fuelband is my choice for wearable “motivator”. The idea behind the Fuelband is that you wear it throughout the day or 24/7 and it monitors your “activity” such as walking, running, and sleeping. It can track the number of steps you take and convert them into Nike Fuel Points. It will also show you calories burned. Not to mention that the built-in display can also show you the time, making it a watch as well. The reason I like the Fuelband over other such gadgets like the Jawbone UP and Fitbit is that besides having a better display to show you information even if you don’t sync with your smartphone, it simply has a more stylish, less cheap look to it. If the idea is to wear it all day everyday, then I want something that looks as good as it functions. When Nike introduced the SE versions and added a “Silver” and “Rose Gold” model I was sold! Although the Rose Gold version was $20 more than the standard Fuelband SE colors, I wanted it because it matched my other gold accessories. The SE is also a huge improvement over the original model when it comes to battery life. With the old one I used to get about 2-3 days of battery life before needing to charge it. Now I easily go a week without thinking about it. It also incorporates Bluetooth 4.0 which means that it can stay connected continuously to your smartphone while using less juice. The iPhone App is also updated on a regular basis with new features and now you can even track your sleep.

You can get the Nike+ Fuelband SE here

You can get the Nike+ Fuelband SE Silver or Rose Gold here.

 

Next up is my Withings Smart Body Analyzer Scale

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This is the device that I love some mornings and hate on otherĀ  mornings. In any case it gives me a weight measurement that is automatically and wirelessly sync’d to my Withings.com account. I can either track my progress from their website or easily from their free iPhone/Android App. I also love this device because it’s supported by my favorite health app, “LoseIt”. The scale monitors your weight, fat mass, and BMI.

You can get the Withings WS-50 Smart Body Analyzer here

They also sell a less expensive model that only tracks Weight and BMI here.

 

Lastly I use the Withings Blood Pressure Monitor

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This one is cool because the device is completely controlled by the Withings App running on your smartphone. Wrap the cuff around your arm, fire up the app and tap the start button. Once you get your reading you can even email it to your doctor right from within the app. I have the older model pictured above and it works fine with the Apple Lightning Adapter. However, if you get the current model you don’t have to worry about the cable because the new model uses Bluetooth and is therefore wireless.

You can get the Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor here.

 

The Bottom Line

I can certainly use non-connected devices and enter everything into my apps manually and still keep track of my progress. However, because these devices are connected and wireless it’s a no-brainer. I step on the scale in the morning, step off and go on about my day and getting ready. I fire up the the Lose It app over breakfast and see how I’m doing. My Fuelband alerts me when I need to MOVE MORE because I’ve been sitting too long and lets me chart my progress as well as see how I’m doing compared to my other Nike+ friends. I’ve lost 35lbs since January 6, 2014. So something is working! More to lose and these devices will help me with my goals. Also see the “3 Apps That Monitor My Health


  • CM

    love the Withings products. I have the 1st gen scale and bp cuff. I also have the pulse which I wear daily. love the fact that I can clip it on my pocket as I don’t care for things on my wrists.

  • balexandre

    my 2 cents:

    Me and my wife have Nike Fuel band, but as Nike turn around, we thought on trying the Jawbone Up24, and darn!… What a difference, it tells you so much more, like help you eat and sleep better, plus we set up free accounts on MyFitnessPal and together with our Withings scale 1st gen it’s a must… they all connect together.

    Plus: I have also started a daily session with FitStar (Withings, Jawbone and MyFitnessPal all “talk” to each other)… it’s a lovely environment.

    If you can, give Jawbone UP24 a try for 2 weeks, we will want to change after 2 days ;)

    • terryleewhite

      Thanks! I tried the original UP and didn’t like it. I don’t like the way the ends were constantly getting snagged on things at least with my wrists. Also I wouldn’t want to go back to not having a display and having to constantly check the app for everything. However, to each his own.

  • Don Trammell

    Terry, you made a mistake. The Nike Fuelband SE does not track sleep. Maybe the gold version does but not the SE.

    • terryleewhite

      Well yes and no. The Fuelband SE doesn’t have a specific built-in sleep monitor. However, the updated app allows you to track your sleep using the Sessions feature which you do start a session with the Fuelband. Admittedly the UP does a better job of tracking what’s going on while you’re sleeping such as deep sleep.

      • Don Trammell

        Well no. The Nike Fuelband does not have a sleep monitoring function. By your stands my alarm clock tracks sleep. My egg timer tracks sleep, Anything with a stop watch function can track sleep, so your playing with semantics at best, and misleading at worse. There is not capacity in the Fuelband software to accurately monitor sleeping habits.

        • terryleewhite

          Point taken.

          • Don Trammell

            I love your blog and your tips and hints have made me move over from Aperture to LR and I am loving it. This is the one and only issue I have had in all the years I’ve been following you. P.S. I also bought an Ice Light based your reviews. Love that too. :)

          • terryleewhite

            Thanks for your continued readership!!

          • Don Trammell

            P.P.S When are you coming to Finland again? Let’s meet up for a cold one. My treat.

          • terryleewhite

            Not sure. Stay tuned.