A Week with my Nike Fuel Band SE [Review]

I’ve been wearing my Nike Fuel Band for a couple of months now, mostly when I remember to charge it! I was a little sceptical when I started wearing it, but I’ve found it really interesting to see how active I am on a day to day basis, particularly on my ‘rest’ days. I love that I get a little light up reminder to get moving when I’ve been sedentary for too long, and that I can see how many steps I’ve taken throughout the day. Here’s a great full roundup review of the Nike Fuel Band SE.

I thought that a week on hols would be the perfect time to see how active I would stay even when the sun lounger was calling to me. The only problem with this is that the Nike Fuel Band isn’t waterproof. Little bit of a problem when you’re surrounded by this…

Sorry, just wanted to share this beautiful view!

Anyway, it meant that I was constantly taking the band off and putting it back on, or forgetting to put it back on. I can at least confirm that the Fuel Band does bounce well after throwing it from the sea/pool to the sun lounger a few times. So here is a break down of 5 of our days in Mauritius, my steps, calories, fuel earned and hours won…

Day 1;
4.5 Mile Run on the treadmill
Waterskiing
Swimming
Fuel earned- 3764
Hours won- 7
Calories burnt- 813
Steps- 12087

Day 2;
Waterskiing
Swimming
Running after a very active 2 year old
Pilates Class and Glute Workout
Fuel earned-2241
Hours won- 4
Calories burnt- 481
Steps-6208

Day 3;
Interval treadmill workout
Waterskiing
Swimming
Fuel earned-
Hours won-6
Calories burnt-712
Steps-9845

Day 4;
Waterskiing
Tennis with Tom

Swimming
Fuel earned-2373
Hours won-5
Calories burnt-512
Steps-7467

Day 5;
20 Minute Cardio Blast workout and Glute Workout
Waterskiing
Running after 2 year old and a 6 month old
Fuel earned- 3048
Hours won- 6
Calories burnt-672
Steps- 10165

Overall I only made my daily fuel burn, of more than 3000 fuel points, on 3/7 days on holiday and I’ve actually shared the most active and interesting days with you. As you might imagine the day we were cooped inside during the cyclone wasn’t anywhere near target! I used the ‘sessions’ function on the new fuel band, allowing me to record my Pilates class and our tennis game (let’s use the word game lightly there) on my Nike + app, which is a great addition to the fuel band – just remember to press stop at the end of your session.

Having the fuel band on does make me think about how much I’m moving, and encourages me to take the stairs, walk instead of getting the bus, or just get up to make my bank of desks a cup of tea during an average day at work. I just wish that the fuel band was waterproof, and that I remembered to charge it more often! I’m not sure that it’s making me that more active in terms of running more or working out, however it is inspiring me to move a little bit more during active rest, rather than staying completely sedentary after a gym session. And it certainly made me think about staying active whilst on holiday to try to earn as many fuel points as possible!

Do you use a pedometer or fuel band? Do you think it would promote movement in your daily life? 

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10 Comments

  1. February 11, 2014 / 8:15 am

    I used a pedometer for a summer a few years back when I was working at a stud yard. I was on my get all day and would be covering 30-40,000 steps without trying each day. I dread to think what it would be now, working as a teacher! Although, like you said I think it would encourage me to get a bit more active and see those numbers go up.
    Beautiful holiday pictures! 🙂

    • February 12, 2014 / 11:20 am

      Thanks, it was such a gorgeous place. Wow 30-40,000 steps is awesome. I’m sure as a teacher you would cover quite a lot too, standing at the front of class all day!

    • Clare
      November 23, 2014 / 8:37 pm

      I’m a high school teacher and was astonished at how few steps I take a day at work even though I’m standing up most of the time Walking round the desks only gains a miserable number of steps I now trot around the block when I get home.

  2. February 11, 2014 / 9:19 am

    I don’t use one, but like you said, if I was wearing one it would make me stop and think about getting a few extra steps in or taking the flight of stairs instead of the elevator

    • February 12, 2014 / 11:20 am

      It’s great to make you think a little bit more about your actions!

  3. February 11, 2014 / 4:38 pm

    Love the pics!! Looks an amazing holiday! I’m using a FitBit – have had it for about 2 weeks but really like it so far. Wasn’t sure whether to buy this or the Jawbone but this won out. It’s got 5 days charge – is waterproof (woo woo!) and tracks sleep as well as steps, distance etc. It doesn’t have a display on the band though only lights as it links to my phone using an app. I love data!! Esp run data 🙂

    • February 12, 2014 / 11:21 am

      Wow 5 days charge and waterproof, sounds awesome!

  4. February 11, 2014 / 4:38 pm

    Love the pics!! Looks an amazing holiday! I’m using a FitBit – have had it for about 2 weeks but really like it so far. Wasn’t sure whether to buy this or the Jawbone but this won out. It’s got 5 days charge – is waterproof (woo woo!) and tracks sleep as well as steps, distance etc. It doesn’t have a display on the band though only lights as it links to my phone using an app. I love data!! Esp run data 🙂

    • February 12, 2014 / 11:21 am

      me too, I love analysing my stats at the end of the day!

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