This has been fun. It's one of those gifts I didn't know I wanted. I will explain it and how it works the best I can.
It is set up through an app that is connected to my smart phone. It has many features such a meal tracking, setting goals and reminders, but for now I'm focusing on sleep and steps. It's very good timing for me to receive this because having walked and exercised all fall and winter and I was losing some motivation. This has brought my motivation back and then some. All I had to do was charge it put it on my wrist and set up the app on my phone. It asks a few questions and away we went. Now as long as I'm wearing it, it tracks my steps, and my sleep and tells me when I'm inactive and so on. I love it!
What I have learned already is I'm not as inactive as I thought I was. I rest a lot throughout the day and therefore thought of myself as sedentary, turns out I move more than I thought. Secondly, I have been reading a lot about sleep and our attitudes and desperation for more sleep. I had already decided to be more vigilant about my sleep. This jawbone is awesome. It practically tells me whether I will need a nap or not that day.
It follows your sleep patterns throughout the night, how many hours of deep sleep and light sleep as well as how long you spent awake. So no question, it helps you make solid decisions.
It can be a great motivator as well. There is a system in which you can have it vibrate when you have been sitting too long. For those of us with muscle and joint problems that is a great reminder to get up and move around if even for five minutes. If you are competitive as I am, then it is fun to compete with yourself and do more than you did the day before. There is also a group setting in which you can find friends or just other jawbone users to connect with share tips and offer challenges. I'm not there yet, but who knows I may be one day. For now I'm enjoying the feedback and it has put a wonderful spring in my step.