It's the season of mulled wine, mince pies and more feasts than you ever think you're capable of eating ... but you do anyway. It's the season of indulgence - and I'm all for it. But this year, rather than embrace the food comas and lie on the sofa for hours on end, I want to maintain some sort of a fitness routine. I'll be indulging no less, just moving a bit more. And I'll be using the Misfit Ray to help me.
Designed to look like a fashion accessory, the Misfit Ray is a stylish, wearable fitness and sleep tracker that quite frankly, has not only been an object of fascination recently (being able to understand the length and quality of my sleep each night has been life-changing) but has become a device that I rely on, to keep me continually alert and active. By using the Misfit app, I've been able to set vibration alerts to warn me that I've been inactive for too long. Especially as I often spend the majority of my day sitting down answering emails, getting hourly notifications has encouraged me to stand up and stretch my legs frequently. I'm now more inclined to walk into town and pick up a coffee, to take phone calls standing up, to do a lap of my house while snacking (yes, really).
And this Christmas? You can be reassured I'll be relying on those vibrations to get me up off the sofa (if only to fetch another mince pie).
I've never been one to judge my health by numbers. I actively avoid weighing scales at all costs and have no real concept of the significance/relevance of calories (count colours not calories, right?). I think unless you're an athlete or you're competing, numbers just aren't that important. My mantra has always been to focus on how I feel, how my clothes fit. But I do have to say, the Misfit Ray provides a whole host of statistics which are just so interesting. From steps taken, to distance travelled, to calories burned - it provides an insight into just how much you move, how active you really are - objectively. And when you work out, simply open the app, select your activity and allow the device to track it, adding it onto your daily totals.
But for me, the feature that really steals the show is the sleep tracker. I always knew I wasn't getting my recommended 8 hours but the Misfit Ray is the eye-opener I very much needed. It turns out that I'm getting an average of 5 hours a night, with only 1 hour being restful. Somehow tracking trips to the bathroom (and in my case, midnight feasts in the kitchen too), I'm now very aware that the majority of my sleep is light and broken. No wonder I'm so tired all the time!
Seeing that information objectively presented on a screen has given me a bit of a wake up call to say the least. I've made a vow to switch off earlier, give myself time to unwind before bed and resist the temptation of a flashing screen throughout the night. I'll let you know how I get on with that ...
The Misfit Ray has been a real winner for me aesthetically too. It looks great layered up with my watch and bangles and is almost unrecognisable as a fitness tracker, simply a stylish jewellery addition.
Retailing at just under £80, this is truly a product that I recommend - either for you or as a gift for a loved one. Whether you're a fitness lover or someone who is simply keen to monitor and increase your activity levels, it's the perfect device. I've learnt so much about myself in such a short space of time - namely that I need a lot more sleep than I'm currently getting.
What do you think? Would you be keen to try the Misfit Ray?
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This post is in collaboration with and kindly sponsored by Misfit.