I am sick to death of all these fitness trackers. They have officially flooded the market and jumped the shark. The one that put me over the edge is the pet tracker. A movement tracker for your pets. Has the world gone insane? Maybe it’s just me.
Before you start getting all cranky, I do realize that fitness trackers can be used for good. I’m very aware that they can be (and are) helpful to a lot of people and can do a lot of good. I am not one of those people. In fact, the very last thing I need to do is move more or start
another a competition with myself to see how much more I can move in a given day.
I know that most of these trackers set step goals and then beep at you, or even
talk yell at you, when you’re not moving enough. I’m all for that. However, I’ve seen evidence that the supposed “fitness tracker” does not accurately track running mileage. What? Are you telling me this thing that is constantly goading you to move, move, move, cannot keep up when you move faster then a walk?
The below side by side image is from a post Kim at A Day with KT wrote about how much she loves her fitness trackers (and I love you Kim) but this was from a day she RAN 10 MILES! This would kill me. Garmin is on the left and FitBit on the right – both horribly WRONG:
Don’t even get me started on the sleep tracking function.
I know that most people could just shrug off a few less steps here or there and perhaps even ignore a beep to “get up and move!” but not this woman. I would be constantly looking to not just reach my goal, but to overreach it. And, in my 40 until 40 effort to do less, that’s just counterproductive.
To that end, I recommend a move less campaign for those of you, like me, who could use a chill on all the fitness tracking.
If you want to move less, here’s what I propose:
Don’t have kids: It’s too late for me but there’s still hope for a lot of you out there! If you have even one child, I dare you not to move all.day.long just to keep up with their demands. The child’s age is not a factor.
Go to Disney World: Contrary to all the motorized scooters in the Magic Kingdom, there’s really not a lot of walking involved. Ok, there is a lot of ground to cover but most of the time you’re waiting in line, waiting for the bathroom, waiting for the motorized cart in front of you to get out of the way. You get the idea.
Make a lot of doctor appointments: Do I need to elaborate on this? I didn’t think so.
Don’t hydrate: If you know me, you know I’m a horrible hydrator. My husband, however, is an over-hydrator. He is constantly leaving half-full water bottles all over the house, has to use the bathroom more then the twins and is constantly seeking out more water to drink, especially if we’re (gasp!) leaving the house. It’s exhausting just watching him.
This idea could really takeoff. I’m envisioning the opposite of the ranch they send the Biggest Loser contestants too. My Shangri-La of FitLESS would feature 24-hour a day, 7 days a week of on demand massages, open bar, food service, endless television/movie options and car service.
Of course, you have to move constantly for 364 days before you qualify for your one-day stay.
Ultimately I think it boils down to common sense. Do you really need a tracker to tell you that you’ve moved enough today? If so, get up and move!
What are you ideas on moving less?
How do you feel about fitness trackers and would you get one for your pet?