I mentioned in my Christmas Fun post that Larry got me a FitBit – to be more specific, he got me a FitBit Charge HR….
It’s an nice and clean device that has a heart rate monitor built in and you can wear it all day. Â I’m actually not wearing my “regular” watch anymore as this tells the time too.
I’ve been actively using it for two days now, and I’ve got to say that I do enjoy having this on. Â I think I particularly like that it makes you automatically feel bad if you haven’t done anything particularly active during the day – in a completely passive-aggressive way. Â It’s totally not pinging you about working out, but when you look down at the time, you are usually tempted to see how many steps you’ve taken and to see if your heart rate is low. Â Then while you’re holding that greasy burger to your mouth, you realize that maybe you should reconsider your life choices. Â 🙂
So yeah, it has taken me a little bit of getting used to it, as I didn’t realize that the button for scrolling through the display was also the button you used to indicate you were starting a work out. Â WAY easier that way than trying to remember exactly when you started working out and logging that as an activity. Â Oh yeah, there’s also a corresponding app you put on your phone that then syncs your phone with the FitBit. Â So if you want to really explore your stats, you do it on that app, or on your computer. Â Anyway, it’s good motivation, and very much in line with one of the books I’ve loved having read:
It’s a super short book and has a lot of great, quick advice about many things, including tracking your numbers. Â FitBit is great for that and I hope to keep that passive-aggressive reminder in mind every time I think about fucking off.
There’s also a feature in that if you’re wearing it while sleeping, it somehow can determine if you’re actually asleep, if you’re restless, or if you’re awake. Â I kind of want to know what sorcery lives inside a FitBit now, as it does seem pretty accurate when I look at my stats on the web dashboard.
Kind of awesome. Â Unless you think about it as if my data is getting collected by the Robot Overlords and determining if I’m a better battery source or better to be used as paste. Â But who’s crazy like that? Â 🙂