Ok, so that’s a monitor lizard but it’s more interesting than a picture of a monitor.
Activity monitors are all the rage at the moment, and there are definite benefits to using them as well as a few arguments against.
I asked my client Tania why she started using one, and why she isn’t any more. Here is what Tania says:-
I decided just before Christmas 2014 to get myself a Garmin Vivosmart activity tracker. I’d been working with Lisa for 18 months or so, and was getting fitter and walking more, but I wanted to boost that even further! I’m a numbers person, I love data, and I thought this seemed like a way to give me daily goals and also a sense of achievement and some idea of the progress I was making. I liked the first Vivosmart I had, it looked like a quite unobtrusive bracelet, and a little tap and swipe and I could see how I was doing. It made a great difference – I walked more and more often just to “impress” my vivosmart! A number of friends had one and we chatted about our step counts. I wore it, and then a replacement when the screen started to fade, for around 2 years in total, and my daily steps more than doubled in that time. It added to the work I do with Lisa, gave me impetus to motivate myself, and then to report back to her.
I decided to stop wearing it a few months ago. The main reason was that I didn’t want to feel like I was being tracked any more! The newer replacement that Garmin had sent me was clunkier, it felt more like a Star Trek-type device, and I didn’t like wearing it. I could have found something more elegant, though, but I felt like it was time to go it alone. I had a much better idea of my abilities and the miles I can do in a given time, and I now feel that walking is less of a chore and more of a joy and a part of my everyday activities. I walk a lot, and the tracker helped me create a new habit of walking whenever I can, and if I drive, to park further from where I need to be. I am now a walker. I don’t need to know how many steps I am doing, how many miles, how many calories (that never interested me anyway.) I highly recommend one of these trackers as something to get your activity to the next level, to give you a sense of progress and achievement. I’m not sure I’d track myself again in the same way, but you never know!