I admittedly live in a bipolar world, literally, figuratively and metaphorically. And the Fitbit is a perfect example of my life of constant dichotomies.
I first heard of Fitbit from Oldtime Strongman Training, a blog/website that I get updates from and I might add introduced me to Indian Clubs and Dinosaur Training.
As intrigued as I was by the product, I shelved it. I already had too many similar products or apps or on another note was completely opposed philosophically to this TMI/navel-gazing approach to "well being" in spite of my infatuations.
And then a friend of mine, albeit a facebook friend who I knew through my wife, who knew her because she married one of her friends from her college days.....I'm teasing to a degree.
Actually, I "know" this person fairly well even though we have spent little time together, we connect on lots of different levels and I trust her. She lives in San Francisco and Vermont and as far as I know would have no knowledge or interest in Indian Clubs or Dinosaur Training.
So when she got the Fitbit as a present and posted about it and said it was pretty accurate, I decide to take the plunge.
Fitbit is-- "The Fitbit Tracker uses a three-dimensional accelerometer, similar to that in the Wii Remote, to sense user movement. The Tracker measures steps taken, distance walked, calories burned, floors climbed, and activity duration and intensity. It uses an OLED display to display this and other information such as the battery level. It also measures sleep quality: how long it takes the wearer to fall asleep, how often they wake up over the course of the night, and how long they are actually asleep"
On one hand I believe in the philosophy and practice of finding physical fitness in one's everyday routines. I read books like Never Gymless and never lift weights, am always/never "working out" and have a website, actually am developing it, called FUNctional Fitness DIY, which revolves around......
So what is FUNctional Fitness DIY?
Fundamentally Understanding Nature and FUN--When I say fundamentally understanding nature, I am speaking about a couple of things. One is "what did nature have in mind for us?" This refers to eating and moving and being. What is our nature? It also refers to one's own nature. Do you like structure? Or do you prefer randomness and variety? Despite a lot of fitness "rules", we are learning that a lot of those "rules" may not be solid. FUN, well that is pretty much what it sounds like, having fun training. This means different things to different people. Finding the fun in fitness is essential to making it a lifestyle as opposed to making it a resolution or a chore or even a "practice".
I'm also an anarchist, tech-geek, techno-illiterate, gear-junkie, anti-materialistic, shopper-by-profession, scatter-shot "Jon-of-All-Trades" sort of fellow.
Like so many other things, Fitbit is great if you use it in the manner it was designed.
When I remember to use it to record my sleep patterns, it is incredibly accurate. Not so much when I fall asleep on the couch for a couple of hours while its recording how many steps I take.
Its amazing in its detail as to how many steps I take and how many stairs I climb and my general movement in the course of the day, if I remember to put in my pocket and take it with me, otherwise, I come across as quite the coach potato while I am engaged in circus acrobatics(literally) and running all over the place(literal and metaphorical).
And I'm sure if I used the multitude of tools it has, and logged in the stats as recommended I would learn a lot of "helpful" information.
But on some levels, I'm pretty lazy, or maybe just overwhelmed or not as fascinated with myself as I thought.
That said, I think these stats are pretty impressive,
18807 steps taken 145 floors climbed
- You have climbed: The Empire State Building
All in a good day's work;