Your New Personal Trainer: A Wristband

As the holidays are among us, you may already be wondering how you are going to keep yourself from overindulging, finding yourself a month from now 10 pounds heavier. You may have to look no further than a rubber wristbands —a new personal trainer that works in tandem with an app.

According to the The New York Times : “LOOKING for something to place under the tree for the health buff in the family? Skip the Zumba DVDs and consider a fitness gadget. They can make a great present for anyone on your list, whether that person is an ardent athlete or simply wants a little help working off holiday indulgences like eggnog and pecan pie.

The Up rubber wristbands

These devices can help transform even a mundane workout into a fascinating scientific activity because they are rigged with small sensors to supply metrics, like the number of steps walked and calories burned. That numerical feedback functions as positive reinforcement to keep users aware of their progress and to motivate them to push a little further each day.
Jawbone, a company known for its glossy selection of stylish and sophisticated accessories, including wireless speakers and Bluetooth headsets, has begun to extend its reach into personal health. The company recently released a product called Up, a slim rubber wristbands outfitted with tiny motion sensors (similar to the ones in the Nintendo’s Wii remote) to track how much its wearer is walking and sleeping.
The bracelet, which costs $100 and is waterproof so it can be worn in the shower, during a swim or on a run, works in tandem with an application on the iPhone. It is simple enough — users just press a silver button on one end of the band to activate the device and let it know whether they are in sleep, working or activity mode.”