If you haven’t heard the term “Internet of Things” yet, you will be soon. It’s the way our lives are headed with everything being on wifi, talking to each other. Your fridge telling your phone that it’s out of milk and to buy some more. Your car telling you you’re near a store and to pick up the milk. Data hungry machines that will (hopefully) make our lives easier. A big part of the Internet of Things are fitness devices. Little pedometers that track our steps, calories burnt, how well we sleep.
AKA a FitBit.
I’m not here to dog the FitBit, I absolutely loved it. I had the FitBit Ultra and then upgraded to the FitBit One (sorry, but those wrist ones are lame, how can you track steps with your wrist??). I wore it 24/7, okay not in the shower or the pool but pretty much everywhere else.
And I became obsessed. Every step needed to be counted. Every floor I took. Every single thing.
Oh, we’re going to the beach? Well, I guess I can wear my FitBit until it’s time to go into the water. Can we put our blankets down as close to the surf as we can? I couldn’t let a step go uncounted. And if I ever forgot to put it in my pocket? Forget about it. That day was ruined for me.
I stopped wearing it in May. And I went through withdrawals, at night wondering if I had a “good” day or not. Wondering if I could somehow count up all the steps I took to see if my goal was met.
Slowly, I stopped. I realized that with my job and PT, I was walking well over the goal of 10,000 steps. With all the hills on the base, I was easily climbing 10 floors. I didn’t need a $100 device to tell me that. I already lived an active lifestyle.
When I got my first pedometer, just counted steps, I only wore it at my workout to see how many calories I burned. Now I have a GPS watch that calculates that for me. Do I really need both? No, no I do not. Do I really need to know exactly how many calories I burned anyway? Probably not. I know exactly what part of my lifestyle I need to work on to lose weight (no more snacks, come on Jen, step away!)
Plus, where was all that data going? Besides my phone, it was on the Internet now. If people were savvy, they could find it. They could know when I was active, when I was asleep, when I did PT. And really, is that anyone’s business but my own?
While some parts of the Internet of Things sound cool, this is one aspect I won’t be participating in. At least until we all get chips implanted into us. 😉