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Just Track It!

By ideba | July 30, 2015

I held out for a while on the wearables craze, but I ended up giving in a few months ago. The major factor that convinced me to consider a fitness tracker was the number of articles I’ve read on the dangers of sitting. As a graphic designer I sit all day; however, I play a number of sports and workout one day a week on average. Unfortunately, the articles made it clear that workouts don’t mitigate the negative effects of sitting for hours on end and I was curious about how much actual moving I was doing most days.

There were a variety of things I wanted in a fitness tracker. In addition to a pedometer and watch, I wanted heart rate data to give me a more personalized guesstimate of my caloric burn while playing sports and working out. It also needed to be durable and unobtrusive while playing sports and working out, which immediately disqualifies anything like a traditional watch. I also didn’t want to spend too much on something that I didn’t know if I would use consistently. I finally settled on a Fitbit Charge HR. Next came the important questions. Did it have any impact and was the data useful?

I found that on a typical work day I was only taking about 2,000 steps (10,000 is the minimum recommended amount). That was way less than I had anticipated and I knew that I needed to make some changes. I started by adding in short walks during my lunch and trying get up and move around for a couple minutes every hour or two during the day. With these adjustments, I average 6,000 steps on a work day and I usually hit 10,000 on days that I workout or play a sport. It occasionally even motivates me to get off the couch in the evening to go on a walk with my wife or spend a little time working outside.

One of the additional benefits is that I have a group of friends with devices and we occasionally have competitions. The competitions motivate us to be more active than normal, and the social aspect is one of the major benefits trackers have over a simple pedometer. That being said, these devices are still relatively young and both the apps and devices still have much room for improvement. I’m also curious to see if I’ll eventually lose interest in wearing the device and/or tracking the data. I’m already looking at the data less even though I continue to track everything.

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