Audio Review # 74 | Misfit helps you track your fitness.

Overview

We all want to be healthier and a huge number of people make health related new year’s resolutions each year but we don’t always reach our goals.  The Misfit is a new fitness tracker that allows you to keep track of your steps and sleep and helps to show you if you are making progress in your goals.  It gives you graphs to show how your sleep and steps are progressing during the week and  integrates with other fitness apps like myfitnesspal to help give you data about your eating and overall health.  If you’ve heard of the jawbone or fitbit this is basically the same idea except that this one doesn’t break after a few months.  The other benefit of the misfit uses LED lights to show you your progress so the battery inside will last for a couple years before you need to change it.  It is fully waterproof and comes with a few methods of attaching (clip for your clothing, band for your wrist) and you can purchase more (a leather band, necklace, etc.) If you want a simple fitness tracker to help motivate you towards better health, this is a good choice.

Concerns

As I mentioned above, this is a simple fitness tracker.  It doesn’t track heart rate, perspiration, or buzz when you haven’t moved for awhile.  It’s designed to do the very basics and be very simple and easy to use.  So if you are hoping to get in depth data to analyze, this isn’t the right choice for you.  If you get the Flash it doesn’t click into the wrist bad and so the band has a tendency to break.

Sample Uses

This would be a great tech integration into a PE class.  It is reasonably priced and tracks steps and sleep and help to give a general perspective of a student’s health. It would be a great way to integrate between PE and other subjects to show how sleep and fitness effects study habits, productivity, etc.

Do I plan to use it?

Already wearing one!  Our PE department has other gadgets but if they need to upgrade I know they will be looking into these.

Commitment and Learning Curve

Low

Best for ES MS or HS?  

MS/HS

Cost  

Shine = $100

Flash = $50

Website Link:

http://misfit.com/

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