We all need a little motivation to keep us active and the Nike Fuel Band delivers.  I received mine as a Christmas gift and have worn it most days since.  I have the clear version, kinda cool.

If you’re someone like me, you want your electronics to work without a ton of setup or research in how to use it.  With a little help from our resident Apple guru, JJ, I was up and running in just a few minutes.  Setup consists of  syncing your Fuel Band to either a smart phone, computer or both.  After entering some personal information as well as setting up your fuel burning goal, you’re ready to go.  I started my goal on the low end not knowing what to expect, but I have since upped the anti a bit.

I like the simplicity of one button on the band with four display options.  First up are your fuel points, calories burned, steps taken and the time.

In my experience, this is what I have found for earning points.  Yes, of course you earn points while you’re working out, running, hiking, any activity that involves movement.  I have also found that cleaning the house earns you a ton of points.  I think it’s the mere fact that you’re constantly moving.  I have heard the same with heart rate monitors that track calories burned.  But hey, I wouldn’t use it as an excuse to clean :)  On the opposite end of the spectrum, I have found that yoga earns nearly no points.  In general, the more you move, the more you burn, the more you earn.

You should sync your fuel band regularly to your electronic devices.  This can be done in one touch, yeah!  From there, you’ll be able to see all of your information either by day, week or month.  There’s also a very cool feature that tracks your goals with an animated guy doing a celebratory dance for you.  Goals include days you’ve hit your goal burn, best days, best months, longest streak & milestones.

After an overnight charge, you’re good to go for about a week.  I think it’s a great gadget to have that’s not bulky, a little stylish and gives you the basic information you need with a ton of motivation.

I’d say if you’re not sporting a bulky heart rate monitor with all the bells and whistles and you like ease of use, this is the way to go.

Do you have one?  What do you think of your Fuel Band?