Back in January, you were introduced to Shine by Misfit Wearables. In case you’ve forgotten about it, Shine is the small, handsome, and particularly understated activity tracker that can be worn in a variety of ways (or merely slipped into a pocket), requires no charging, and syncs with a number of Android and iOS devices through its nifty application.
Motivation is a key factor in getting and staying active. If you are at all like me, the idea of getting healthier by being more active and perhaps eating a little less seems like a good one and one into which it would be worth investing some time and energy. With this in mind, an exercise and diet regimen is enacted, usually without consulting a doctor (apparently, it is recommended that you see a doctor before jumping into such things), and sometimes positive results happen. Whether they do or not, however, this new, life-changing routine is almost always abandoned and whatever weight is lost is quickly found again.
This has been my personal pattern for more years than I care to think about. It even got to the point that I had a set of clothes for the fat me as well as for the not so fat me. This all changed a couple years ago when I finally decided to change my diet and exercise routine permanently. In that time I lost 55 pounds, and so far I’ve been able to keep it off, but I hit a plateau that has been difficult to get past. This is where Shine shines.
The Shine on my wrist is a subtle, but constant, reminder that I have to do more with my day and that more is activity. They day’s activities are monitored by a highly sensitive triple axis accelerometer, quantified by a sophisticated proprietary algorithm developed by Misfit’s computational biomechanics, and converted into information the Shine user can use through the app interface. Welcome to the 21st century.
In addition to tracking how active you are, Shine tracks how inactive you are, too. By triple-tapping Shine, the device is set to sleep monitor mode which provides the number of hours slept as well as the number of hours of deep sleep. I have found this feature to be a rather insightful part of my monitoring routine. In fact, I made a bit of a game out of it. Every morning before I sync the Shine I do a quick assessment of how I feel regarding quality of sleep. I found that on the mornings where I felt groggy and not quite ready to face the world, the number of hours of deep sleep recorded by Shine was lower than on mornings when I jumped out of bed ready to take on the day. Whether or not the Shine is dead-on accurate, my non-bioengineer brain cannot tell, but it is certainly in the ballpark whether it is tracking sleep, steps taken, distance covered, or calories burned. In the month, or so, that I’ve been testing Shine, thanks to knowing approximately how many calories I’ve consumed compared to approximately how many calories I’ve burned, I’ve lost the weight I’d planned on gaining during the holidays as well as broken the plateau and lost another 5 five pounds. JOY!
Could I have accomplished this weight loss without help from Shine? Yes, however, having actual data with which to work does make it easier, and having a daily quantifiable goal to achieve can mean the difference between coming home and crashing after dinner or going for a 10 minute walk because the app shows that is all that is needed to crush said goal. The only issues there are to report are strictly app-based. This Shine has been paired with both a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (which was the worst, buggiest phone I’ve ever owned) and an HTC One which has, so far, been flawless. Both of these phones run Android 4.3 (AKA Jelly Bean), and many of the fun, and presumably useful features that are found on the iOS app are missing, with Misfit promising that updates are coming soon.
Shine is by far the best looking activity tracker on the market today, but some people may not be willing to eschew the functionality of its more borg-like competitors just because Shine is so dang handsome. Personally, I think Misfit Wearables has struck a near perfect balance between fashion and function for the user who is looking to set some general fitness goals but is not looking to track, log, and differentiate between the various activities of everyday life. For more information about the Misfit Wearables Shine, click here.
**Full disclosure: This activity monitor was provided at no cost for editorial consideration. To think otherwise, doesn’t make any sense.