It's a New Year –whoohoo!!!   Everybody's "jonesin'"  to get into shape. I'm no exception.   But there has to be a gadget involved in order for me to stay interested.  I think I found it! 

It's called the Misfit Flash.  It's one of these fitness tracker gadgets that everyone's talking about.  It's a watch-like thingamabob that fits on your wrist like so.

photo by Richie

If those lights fill the circle, it shows that you've reached your activity goal for the day.  It's a goal you can set yourself using the free Misfit app.  It tracks walking, running, biking, and even swimming.  It's waterproof, and uses a regular watch battery so you don't have to charge it every week like the more expensive trackers. (you can also take the inner coin sized circle out and put it on your belt or on your sneaker, depending on the exercise.

photo by Richie

Now it's in "time" mode.  Can you figure out what time it is?  Yep.  4:05 PM.  It takes awhile to get used to that part, but it's a handy feature to have.

photo by Richie

This is what the app looks like. It shows your activity by the hour and rewards you with a little bogus trophy if you do well.  On this day I CRUSHED my 700 point goal by using the treadmill, going grocery shopping and walking the dog. (the dog didn't contribute hardly at all though.  He's a pekingese.  You walk him down the driveway and he gets winded. It earned me one dot on the circle.

Honestly - you might think it's a gimmick, but it actually does make you feel guilty if you don't get off the couch and do something, so for the money, it was worth it.  Oh, and I forgot to tell you how much --$25 on sale at Best Buy.  I don't know if that price still holds, but even at $50 it's a steal.  I really recommend this thing, and so does Dorrie (we're setting up a competition!)  So if you're unfit - check out this Misfit.

If you'd like to know more about the Misfit, you can watch this video