Wednesday, February 1, 2017

My First Fitness Tracker

by Meghann on February 1, 2017

I received a free MisFit Ray in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. 

It finally happened. After years of resisting the fitness tracker fad, I finally caved. I am now the proud owner of a MisFit Ray.

Let’s step back for a second. Why I haven’t tried a fitness tracker until now? The answer is simple – I didn’t feel I “needed” one. Once upon a time I was a really active person who obsessed over training miles, two-a-day workouts, and eating clean meals. Unfortunately that feels like a lifetime ago now.  I assumed the tracker would become “one more thing” I needed to keep track of, so I opted out and watched as the fitness tracker market exploded around me.

Fast forward to last fall when my husband bought his first Apple watch. Among its many cool features was its ability to track steps and sleep, as well as encourage movement by setting goals. He started sharing all of his data with me and I found it all fascinating. Then I started wondering what my own stats would be. I was an active person who made it a point to take the stairs, speak to coworkers at their desk over via IM or email, and exercised – clearly I would have no problem reaching 10,000 steps in a day, right? (Ha! Famous last words!) Plus, nothing motivates a person more than a little friendly competition with their significant other.

I had just started researching trackers when MisFit reached out and offered to send me the MisFit Ray to review. It was clearly fate that I was destined to finally give this whole wearable tracker thing a whirl. I’ve been officially wearing the tracker for a couple of weeks now, and let’s just say the results have really surprised me.

I‘ll be the first to admit I walked into this pretty blindly. I didn’t research what to expect and just had 10,000 steps as this arbitrary number that seemed to be a popular goal on social media. Since it was out there, I assumed it would be a relatively challenging, yet totally doable goal to hit. I was wrong. So very, very wrong. Turns out 10,000 steps is not an easy goal to hit at all.

In the two weeks I’ve had the MisFit, I’ve only hit 10,000 miles twice: once when I ran 5 miles on a Sunday and the other when I ran 3 miles before work and deliberately made it a point to hit that goal (i.e extra long walk with the dog,).  Without a morning run, or going out of my way to do anything special, I averaged about 4,000 – 5,000 steps per day. It was a humbling realization that I’m not nearly as active as what I thought was. It was also a much needed wake-up call that my bloated ego needed to be reined in and I needed to get moving.

So here’s the point when I realize why these darn trackers are so popular – they actually do motivate people to get moving. Once I realized how little I actually move during the day, I started making more of an effort to g do something. I made it a point to take the longer route to use the restroom/get a drink at my office, I took Maddie for longer walks in the evenings, I walked on my lunch breaks,  and so on and so on. It was great having the motivation to get off my butt and move.

And the MisFit Ray? It’s pretty awesome. The simple rose gold tracker is actually quite stylish and can also be worn as part of necklace or with an upgraded band. It’s marketed as a fitness tracker that really looks like jewelry. I’ve had a few compliments on the chic design.

The MisFit Ray is also battery powered and runs for up to 6 months without needing a charge. Since you don’t have to worry about constantly charging it, you don’t have to worry about taking it off, and can accurately (and consistently) track sleep. By the way, I find the sleep tracking hilarious. It’s easy to pinpoint when I fell asleep on the couch and then make the effort to move to my bed each night.

It’s also waterproof and can link with Speedo Fit to track activities like swimming. It’s also compatible with MyFitnessPal, RunKeeper, MapMyFitness, and more.   I wore it to Annalynn’s water babies class and discovered I usually cover 1,000 steps in the pool.

The Ray syncs with the MisFit app via Bluetooth. The app itself was used to initially set the device up and is relatively easy to use. It’s a pretty basic app with a small social component to it. Unfortunately none of my personal contacts have MisFit, so I don’t have any experience with the social aspect. If you have a MisFit – please free to connect with me (@mealsandmiles).  Probably one of my favorite features is the tracker vibrates when my phone receives a text or someone is trying to call me. My phone is always on silent so I’m the worst when it comes to seeing texts/ calls. It’s nice to be alerted immediately via the tracker.

Also, as much fun as the Ray has been as a starter tracker, I’ve been seriously drooling over the new MisFit Smartwatches. Particularly the MisFit Phase or the new MisFit Vapor.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked down on my wrist to check the time. Whoops. The Ray is not a watch, but it would be nice if it was. I’ve always been a watch wearer, and the idea of having a watch that also doubles as a fitness tracker seems like a win-win to me. It’s been added to my wish list.

So that’s it for now. Depending on the data/ any results I see, I may do a check-in at a later date. For now I’m just focusing on moving more during the day – seems simple enough. 🙂

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