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The New Health Fad

Updated on January 10, 2015
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Greg has always loved sports with baseball being his favorite. He often writes about sport related subjects. He values any opinions too.

There is a new health craze on the market.

Will it help people? Only time will tell.

What I am speaking of is a wristband. It is not just any old wristband. This band has many microchips inside of it.

These wristbands will keep track of your everyday activities. Some of the things you take for granted, it will monitor. Things like:

  • How far you walk.
  • How much you eat.
  • How much you sleep.
  • Your calorie intake.
  • How much you stand.
  • How much you sit.
  • Your moods.
  • Much, much more.

Several companies have these wristbands on the market. I will go through three different ones here and tell you some particulars about each.

For the person who wants to live a healthier lifestyle, this may be a device you will want to buy.

These are in no particular order. I am not recommending one over another. These are just some of what I have found in my research.



The Jawbone Up is designed with comfort in mind. It tracks your hours slept, comparing deep sleep with light sleep.

It tracks all your activity and figures the calories you have burned. It can tell if you are in intense activity or light activity.

It tracks what you eat and drink and when you do it.

The Jawbone Up has a smart alarm built in to wake you when the time is perfect for your best sleep.

It has a stopwatch built in.

It will tell you when you have been idle too long.

It has a bar-code scanner that will give you nutrition facts on the food you will purchase.

It will show you patterns in your daily activities that are good and bad, helping you do some fixes.

You can plug it in to your phone and use it with applications that have been developed. You can even post your stuff on Facebook.

The price I see at the manufacturer is $129.99.


Nike Fuelband

Nike has its own applications for their device.

It keeps track of the fuel you burn.

Nike helps you set goals for yourself with their wristband.

It is also a watch.

It will track your hardcore workouts and simple ones like walking. It will know your distance and calories burned.

Nike has even set up a reward program as you meet and exceed your goals.

Straight from Nike, the cost is $149.00



The Fitbit has three different styles:

  1. The Flex (pictured)
  2. The One
  3. Zip

All of these will track your sleep and eating activities. They also keep track of your walking, running and other exercise. You may find the Fitbit to be the wristband you are searching for.

The Flex and The One both cost $99.95 and Zip $59.95.

Fitbit also makes a Wifi smart scale to keep track of weight loss and gain.


These wristbands are bound to change many humans.

With the ability to post results to social sites, I can see the competitions developing.

They keep track of it all, will people use them for all their ability?

Yes, technology is changing our world!

© G.L. Boudonck

© 2013 Greg Boudonck


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    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      5 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      That is a great feature. Thanks

    • FitGadgetReviews profile image

      Nick Jerkovich 

      5 years ago from Dayton, OH

      I like the sleep tracking the most. I use the Jawbone Up. Being able to track how you sleep for the week or the month is pretty cool. For instance I can see what month or what week I got the best sleep and was most active or less active. This helps me plan for success knowing which things I do help or hurt my overall health.

    • Ceres Schwarz profile image

      Ceres Schwarz 

      6 years ago

      Interesting hub. I've also never heard of these wristbands before. They are rather expensive though. But it's interesting to know how a simple wristband can do so many things like track what you eat and when you eat.

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      6 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thanks for reading both of you.

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Wow! Thanks for introducing this new fad to me. We'll see how people respond to these wristbands.

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      LaDena Campbell 

      6 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      I have wondered about these wristbands and have thought of purchasing one. Right now they are a little out of my price range, but maybe soon! Thanks for the information - it was a lot, but very easy to read!


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