“I have to get my steps in,” is a common phrase these days. Activity trackers are catching on like “Let It Go” from Frozen. Having a full-time job, a part-time blog, and a family with two kids under 3, it’s challenging to find the time to work out. But wearing an activity tracker on my wrist acts a constant reminder for both activity and overall health and gives me the the kick in the pants I need to make walking a priority.
The market is starting to become saturated with activity trackers, so after much research, I concluded that the Misfit Shine would be the best fit for me (special thanks to Misfit for sending me one at no cost). It’s sleek, fashionable, and can be worn out in the open on your wrist or hidden on your shoe or hanging from your belt loop.
I’ve spent the past month wearing it on my wrist. It’s thin and stylish enough to layer with other bracelets so it doesn’t even look like an activity tracker. Plus, it’s a watch, so it’s practical. I wear it to work where I spend most of my day typing and it doesn’t interfere, nor do I even notice it when I sleep. I even wear it in the shower (it’s waterproof up to 50 meters!).The best part about the Misfit Shine is that it’s battery powered and doesn’t need to be charged. I can literally keep it on for days and it still works, calculating my every move. Plus, it’s Bluetooth enabled, so it syncs easily to my iPhone (I just downloaded the Misfit Shine app and created an account, both free). Sometimes I forget to sync my Shine, but even days later, it’s able to upload all my activity data to my phone from the past few days.
Some days are better than others, and the better days usually involve a trip to the mall (turns out shopping really is my cardio). Over the past month, I’ve met my 1000 point goal 8 times, mostly on weekends. I sit a computer all [week] day and am still working on trying to get up and move sporadically throughout the day. Now that spring is here, I’ll have more of a chance to get out and walk after work in the evenings.You can even “compete” with your friends along with Ms. Fit herself, who is an “average of all female users today.” Seeing Ms. Fits’ daily points makes me feel a little bit better about myself.Because it’s motion censored, there have been some false positives, like when I stand and sway my son to sleep. There have also been times that steps haven’t been captured, like when I’m multitasking, running around the house holding a baby or toddler in my arms or holding onto the cart at the Target. Knowing this now, I place the Shine elsewhere on my body (not my wrist) to capture the accurate movement.
Another really cool thing about the Misfit Shine is that it tracks your sleep (the main reason my Mom just bought one). It turns out that even when I meet my goal of 8 hours of sleep per night, I get an insanely low amount of quality sleep.I’m not sure how to fix that. I’m sure that being “on call” each night with a baby who sometimes sleeps through the night and sometimes wakes up doesn’t help my sleep schedule (but it’s worth the sacrifice!).
Overall, I am so impressed with this product. I get questions and comments about it all the time and can’t speak highly enough about the Misfit Shine. It’s become part of my life and now I just feel naked without it.