Happy Halloween! I’m dressed as a running blogger who is writing a review on a new fitness tracker.
I’ve been wearing a Garmin watch for years. The thing is, I use that watch for tracking things related to my morning run and that’s pretty much it. A few years ago, I decided to add a fitbit HR to the mix to get an idea of how active I am outside of running, and I wasn’t very.
So I decided to up my steps and within a short period of time 10,000 steps a day became an obsession, running or not. I also started tracking my heart rate and my sleep and the fitbit HR was great at that. There were only a few things that I hated about the fitbit HR, mainly that I was always worried about it getting wet and the fact that I had a permanent white spot on my wrist that started to look like a very ugly tattoo, especially in the summer.
Yeah, not a fan of that.
When I first heard about the Motiv Ring, I was immediately intrigued. A fitness tracker inside a ring and also available in slate gray and my personal favorite rose gold, show me where to buy it! Unfortunately, it wasn’t available and I had to wait for almost a year. If you know me, patience is not my virtue!
I had no choice so I waited and then in September of this year, it was time, I bit the bullet and I ordered. Surprisingly, the first thing that came was a sizing kit.
Apparently, your fingers change sizes throughout the day, so they send you a sizing kit. Once you find the right size, you are instructed to wear the ring for 24 hours to make sure you have the perfect fit. I chose a large size because I wanted to wear the ring on my pointer or middle finger and so I wore the size I chose for 24 hours and it was fine. Done. Time to order.
The ring came shortly after I went to the Motiv website and chose my size.
The ring is made of a very lightweight titanium and I chose rose gold. It’s not as heavy as you would think and it didn’t take long for me to get used to it. It is bulky looking though, and if you have short fat fingers like I do, it won’t do much for you aesthetically. That being said, it’s a lot more attractive than the fitbit HR because, hello, it’s a ring!
If you are used to seeing the time and pressing a button to see your stats like I was, the ring will take a little getting used to. It doesn’t have a display, instead it syncs to your phone and you view your stats in the app.
To sync it you just twist the ring on your finger.
As far as tracking steps, not all steps are created equal and the Motiv ring places emphasis on the ‘active minutes’. Don’t worry, it still tracks all of your steps but it tells you your active minutes which is really what you need to focus on if your objective is to get or stay heart healthy. I also had to play around with the app to get used to it and it took a little bit of time for the Motiv ring to get used to my heart rate and activity. I set my goal at 300 minutes a week because I focus on 60 minutes, 5 days a week. Last week, I nailed it with 351 total minutes!
The Motiv ring tracks your heart rate too and gives you the overall average and it tracks your sleep. I have to say the sleep tracking is not really all that accurate and I haven’t been too impressed with that feature. The fitbit HR was much more accurate so if you’re buying a fitness tracker specifically to track your sleep, go with a fitbit HR or another tracker.
Other than the sleep tracking, the Motiv ring is awesome and did I mention that it’s water resistant? I’ve taken a shower with it every day, washed the dishes, swam and still it works perfectly. In fact, it tracked my swimming workout!
Lastly, and this just may be because I’m hard on things but the ring does scratch. I’ve had mine less than a month and its already gotten quite a few scratches on it. Like I said though, I’m hard on things so it may just be me. Overall, if you are concerned with your active minutes and overall how healthy your lifestyle is, I highly recommend the Motiv Ring. I absolutely love mine and at 199 dollars, it’s certainly affordable.
This review is not sponsored. I purchased the Motiv ring myself and! all opinions are my own. To learn more about the Motiv Ring or to order one, you can visit their website.
Tell me about your favorite activity tracker and why it’s your favorite.