The twist of this story is the fitbit, it was a motivator at first, but it surely shortly spiralled into one thing extra, the health frenemy.
So lets speak about this beast of know-how. I’ve a really aggressive facet and I’m an ‘all in or all out’, ‘go huge or go dwelling’ type of gal, you get the concept. I’m pushed and most of you who’ve adopted my adventures in all probability know this about me. This little piece of wearable tech impressed me at first and was maintaining me on observe, sadly although it has additionally triggered my driving character tendencies. This isn’t good while you have been basically a sofa potato after which in a single day grow to be a treadmill marathoner, it equates to a really dangerous house for physique wellness.
At first I used to be listening to my physique, I began gradual, and took all of it at a good tempo. I used to be moving into the groove, getting that endorphin rush I keep in mind from after I was an avid runner. My endurance elevated and ‘increase’ I used to be working longer instances and longer distances. However then I began competing in fitbit challenges to get a ‘digital badge’. That is the place it goes flawed, I began pushing myself to wrack up the steps on the fitbit and the variety of energetic minutes. Its like a drug, you see the numbers clicking up, you get obsessed, and earlier than you recognize it you might be outrunning the whole lot that’s smart and never listening to the refined and never so refined messages the physique is sending, like a searing ache within the heel.
This leads me to the place I’m right now – I hate to even admit this, however right here I sit on my sofa with ice on a painful heel which is plantar fasciitis triggered by overuse. Sure overtraining was a silly factor to do, and sure I blame myself, however I additionally put a few of this on the obsession constructing wearable health know-how which is the health crackberry of pedometers.
At this level I’m compelled to relaxation or I threat damaging the ligament in my foot. I’ve additionally made the choice after hobbling alongside, that the fitbit will not be my grasp. Though these pedometers might have a spot in health when used with a grain of salt, the darker facet of it’s that it could possibly grow to be an obsession and set off unhealthy tendencies. There are more healthy methods to get match, however I ignored the frequent sense method that I began out with.
I’ve carried out just a little little bit of analysis on the wearable health tech and consider it or not, it’s turning into more and more extra frequent that customers are succumbing to the obsessive/addictive facet of it. Tech is a sneaky factor, it insidiously works its method deep into your life in a number of layers and methods, typically I do not assume we give it the thought and care we should always.
Do not get me flawed I’m not going to cease on my quest for a more healthy me, however I’m taking it down a number of notches and slowing down, being extra conscious of what my half century outdated physique is telling me and it isn’t health in any respect prices as a result of meaning injuring myself. I am in it for the lengthy haul and the fitbit goes within the drawer and that is going to be a journey of non-counted steps at an inexpensive wholesome tempo.