So, here’s the deal. It’s been on my to-do list to “get a fitness band” for the past year. Now it’s no secret that I am a chronic procrastinator. Placing a deadline on myself is like trying to put on leather pants in the middle of a New York summer; it’ll be uncomfortable, and it’s not going to happen easily. So purchasing a device forcing you to see how inactive you actually are wasn’t exactly the most exciting charge to put on my credit card. In all honesty, the extent of some of my most strenuous activity consists of jumping up and down repeatedly to force the bit too snug but maybe-they-shrunk–in-the-laundry jeans onto my bottom half.
Fast forward to last week; when my boyfriend, asked me if I wanted A Mira Bracelet. Immediately I said yes, believing he was offering a piece of jewelry as a token of his undying love for me. Then google hit me with the reality that he wanted to give me a fitness band. He was then met with many “do you think I’m fat?” interrogations, persistent whines mixed with a tear or two and a request to take me for ice cream to make me feel better. It was an emotional roller coaster to say the least.
My Mira arrived in the mail and the first thing I noticed was how divinely stunning it was! I proceeded to put it on and wear it just as a pretty bracelet for a good two days because it was literally THAT cute. When I did turn it on however, I was surprised at how instantly competitive I became with myself and other fitness band users. “How many steps did you take so far” became a great icebreaker for every conversation. To my surprise, I clocked in at about 12,000 steps daily and burned about 1,700 calories by simply walking around. I felt very confident and obviously needed to reward myself with some more ice cream and skip the Zumba class for the evening.
I will say however, when I finally did take said Zumba class, My Mira reported that I burned a whopping 70 calories from an hour of dancing. I know this to be inaccurate for three reasons, 1) whenever I spin I turn a lovely shade of cherry tomato red and have a difficult time getting a single sip of air into my lungs 2) I always leave sweating my figurative balls off and 3) I almost die EVERY. TIME.
Basically, this is how Mira works. The App shows all of your stats including the amount of miles you walked, steps and calories burned. You also can keep track via journal entries. Meaning you can ditch apps like “myfitnesspal” or any food journals stored on your phone. Your fitness activity, steps and food can all be stored in one place! My favorite part of the app is how it keeps track of what time and days you are most active. I am sure it can do way more, but I barely know how to turn on my iPhone so if I can do it, so can you!
Final thoughts: you will constantly receive compliments on how adorable it is and feel super cool when people are amazed when you nonchalantly say, “Oh it’s a fitness band”. (You could proceed with a light chuckle for effect if you wish). I warn you though, DO NOT expect it to accurately portray how many excruciating calories you’ve burnt at your Jiu-Jitsu class because it will NOT accurately tell you. However, you will feel like a giant rock star when you see how many steps you take or how many friends you are making because you, my dear, have the prettiest and coolest fitness band around.