Everyone seems to have a Fitbit these days and they seem like really great fitness trackers. I thought I would do a review on one that you might not be familiar with. Oh, and this post has nothing to do with Business Insurance. I've done so many insurance posts recently that it's time to write about something different this time. Summer is here and people seem to be out running, biking, and getting in shape, so reviewing a fitness tracker seemed like something fun and valuable to readers. So here it is, my review on the Moov Now. I have had it for a little over 2 months and here are my thoughts on it.
First, I should mention how I came across Moov Now. I like to swim during the summer months. Nothing fancy, just laps at the neighborhood pool. One thing I don't like doing is counting laps, so I thought it would be nice to have a tracker that would track my laps and my time that way all I have to do is worry about the time of swim. After searching, I found 3 devices, Moov being one of them. There were three, maybe four, that came up and I don't really recall which ones, but I do remember one was crazy expensive and the other only calculated the swim. The Moov Now had the swim feature and many other features that I thought would be pretty cool, especially for the price. That being said, here's the scoop on Moov Now:
It does a great job tracking. I've never had any problems with the tracking for sleeping, general activity, swimming, walking, running, or biking. Although, I do not bike that often, I used it on a couple family bike rides and it worked well. I like that it measures overall activity versus just steps. Would it be nice to have steps as well, I suppose, but it's not a big deal to me. My iPhone 6 tracks it and that's enough for me. Overall, Moov Now is very consistent when it comes to tracking, so I would definitely give it 5 stars.
I like the running program, Sprint to the Limit- Sprint Intervals. Very good coaching on movement (landing impact and stride). Another one I use a lot is the Get Toned in Under 10 minutes. Great tips on everything from Jumping Jacks to Squats. I only see this function getting better with Moov. I give it 5 stars. Not much to compare it to as they are the only ones doing this (to my knowledge).
At the end of the day, we are all wearing a device to motivate us to get in better shape/health. This is where I think Moov takes it to the next level. Not only from the coaching aspect, but also the different levels. Having to unlock levels for the programs can be fun and challenging. I am currently on level 30 for the Get Toned in under 10 minutes and set a goal to be done with level 40 by the end of June. They recently added a Leaderboard, which has been really cool. More motivation to stay active and push yourself. 5 stars for keeping me motivated.
I don't like wearing anything around my wrist except a nice watch, so no matter what the product is I'm probably not going to give it the best review on this. For biking and running Moov Now needs to be around your ankle for the technology to work. It would be nice if it were more like a bracelet. Sometimes it looks like I'm wearing two watches. Looking at the original Moov and the Moov Now, they have made huge improvements. I only see this device getting better.
I really dislike charging devices, so when I heard Moov Now was operated by a watch battery, I was pretty excited. They claim battery life of 6 months, but mine went out in 2 months. It was a Mitsubishi battery so maybe the quality wasn't the best. I replaced it with a Duracell, so we'll see how long it lasts. Even if it goes out every 2 months it's still better than having to charge a device in my opinion. Easy to replace and pretty cheap. 4 Batteries for $9.95 at Home Depot. I'm betting the Duracell battery will go the distance, though. Time will tell.
Overall, I am very satisfied with my Moov Now. Definitely no buyers remorse. I see people with other fitness trackers and I am still happy with my Moov. The only major negative reviews I've seen on it is, the tracking device coming out from the band. I could see where this could happen, if you're wrestling, or being rough with it. In fact, that's the only time mine fell out (wrestling with my 6 and 9 year old). As far as the training programs go, I am sure they will keep adding new ones and modifying them. I hear indoor cycling is coming out soon, which I'm really excited about. For the price, it's a no brainer, go out and get one today. Make this your summer to moov (#summerofmoov). Also, make sure to add me to your Leaderboard list so we can push each other- firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the Moov Now. I am happy to help.