Apr 23, 2012

My Nike Fuel Band Stats: March 2012


I’ve been using my Nike Fuel Band everyday since I got it.  I’ve been receiving a lot of questions about the band and what type of data you can expect to receive from using it.  Below you will find a small sample of my monthly stats for March. Please note that in this month I was out of the country traveling and for two of the 30 days I was unable to use by Fuel Band because it wasn’t charged.  Here are my Nike Fuel Band stats for March 2012:

  • Days Used:  30
  • Fuel Points: 96,315
  • Steps:  515, 538
  • Steps per Nike Fuel Point:  5.35
  • Longest streak reaching my goals: 12 days (battery died)
  • Average Fuel Points per day: 3,210  (my goal is 3000 per day for the initial 4 months of use and 4000 after)
  • I’ve walked 357.25 miles.
  • Best day: 4,002 Fuel Points (went for a run on the beach in Thailand)
  • Best week: 24,584 (3/10-3/17).

Now What?

Im goign to start using the Nike+ App on my computer and iPhone to get a better graphical analysis of my Fuel Band Stats.  While all of these are calculated and quantified using the provided software, I feel like publically sharing them will help me better reach my goals.

All the data in this set represents 30 days of my pretty intense movement.  I’m an active person by nature (even when traveling) and I think my numbers might represent a higher Fuel Band usage than most people.  I wouldn’t recommend trying to emulate my Fuel Band usage but instead use it as guide to better track your stats.

Is the Nike Fuel Band still the best fitness band?

I definitely still think it is.  Im writing a new post for later this week that is going to compare the Fuel Band, Jawbone Up, and FitBit and even with the direct compairisons, the Fuel Band is still king.

The great thing about the Fuel Band is that it makes you more active.  There is a definitely a physiological element to it that isn’t present in the UP or Fit Bit.  Ive found myself looking down at my wrist throughout the day to monitor my progress and have even found myself doing silly things like taking 2 stairs at a time to increase my output in order to reach for Fuel Point goal.

What about you?  What do your sample stats look like?  Share them in the comments!



  • The Nike FuelBand is in direct competition with Jawbone UP ($130), Basis Watch ($200), and soon to be released Fitbit Flex ($99). The FuelBand is also being compared to other fitness trackers that are not wrist based, including the rest of the Fitbit Tracker family. While the Jawbone comes in more colors, has a longer battery life of up to 10 days, tracks sleep, and has a vibrational feedback for inactivity, the Fuelband has an LED screen, Bluetooth connectivity, and improved web content including the proprietary NikeFuel .

  • But the more you use the band – and, frankly, start to forget it’s there, the better it becomes.

  • The FuelBand has its advantages. It does a better job of making you excited to hit a goal. A cartoon dances on the mobile screen and the wristband flashes “Goal! Goal! Goal!” when you get to a set amount of fuel points in a day. It also displays your milestones better than Fitbit does, letting you go back and review your best week and day ever.

  • But the more you use the band – and, frankly, start to forget it’s there, the better it becomes.

  • In the 18 days I’ve had the Fuelband, I’ve been very happy with it. 5 months ago I set out to get in better shape. It was a slow process due in part to not having someone there to push me like when I was younger. The Fuelband is such a great personal motivator for me. The thought of missing my goal, even for one day, pushes me more than anything since I started exercising. It’s not perfect by a long shot. But being able to set my personal goals, change them on a daily basis to continue to push myself, and even compete in missions on the Facebook app, has made the Fuelband worth every penny. Even on slow days, or days when I’m just tired, I look at my Fuelband, see I need 1000 more fuel to reach my goal, and get my butt up and outside doing something, anything, to make sure I hit that goal. I’ve found myself shooting hoops in the rain, running when I’m exhausted from work, even taking the stairs 20 times a day at work rather than the elevator. just to keep moving. It’s like having a drill sergeant on my wrist always pushing me.

  • The idea behind seeing what your friends are doing is supposed to be a motivating factor. For some, if they have close friends actively using Nike FuelBands, this might work. But for me, I preferred the much more social aspect that the Jawbone Up band provides, where you see more of what people are doing (if they share) and can comment on it. I’ll be covering more about the Jawbone Up in a future column.

  • The fitness community is all abuzz today with the new release of Nike’s “Fuel Band,” a wristband that tracks everything from “steps, calories, time & Fuel metric (currency measured by oxygen kinetics),”and, according to a tweet from a Nike marketer, it is becoming known as “the ultimate measure of activity.” While reading up on the hype this morning, however, I was reminded of a similar product that came out in 2007 (an updated version was released this past October): The Fitbit. The Fitbit was featured in our Gear Issue this past June and dones many of the same features as the Nike Fuel Band, so I decided to a little research and compare and contrast these personal fitness managers.

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