05 Jan Fitness tracker: necessary device?
For a few weeks I have been really thinking about getting a fitness tracker. I have been already using fitness apps like runtastic or nike running, but fitness trackers are a different level.
Fitness tracker are a yin and yang thing. There are a few questions that you ask yourself in the process while researching the different trackers on the market.
What can fitness tracker actually measure?
Mostly it is about the covered distance, the number of steps, pulse and sleep-cycle data.
Why am I interested in constantly measuring certain body functions?
Pretty much I am a competitive person. Everything is more interesting and fun if I can compare myself with others. And therefore concrete measured numbers would be perfect for comparing with others or at least with myself. But for this you also need fitness-buddies that would be willing to do this self-tracking. And the majority in my circles has no interest in doing so.
When researching about fitness tracking I started wondering, how long this data would be interesting for me? In the end I actually know without those wearables if I have moved and slept enough. I guess I’m a person that is pretty aware of my condition.
What is actually happening with those tracked datas?
Having a wearable means delivering those companies intimate data about myself and that voluntarily. Knowing that I am not the owner of my data is the biggest obstacle for me using one.
Do I want a wearable fitness tracker?
Besides that I actually don’t want another device that also needs to be hooked to power regularly.
From all those wearables my favourite would be the #jawbone up24 right now because of its wakening function that is orientated on your sleep-cycle. It sounds logic to me, that it is better to wake up in certain phases of your sleep-cycle by a soft vibration. But still this yin argument doesn’t outweigh the yang thing that I give companies access to intimate data.
I guess there will be a lot of development on the fitness tracking market in the next months and years. And it will be interesting to see where this market goes. But right now I decided to stay away from a wearable.
What do you think about self-tracking? Do you already have a wearable and if so, which one?