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Month: February 2017

Why I don’t like the new Fitbit

 

 

Fitbit is a company that develops some of the gadgets I’ve spoken about in other posts. While I am a huge fan of smartwatches and other electronic devices that can help you exercise more and live a healthier life, I’m not exactly keen on the idea of wearing such a bracelet. Let me tell you why.

One of the first reasons is that Fitbit has had a lot of problems over the years. Just two years ago, when they had launched a prototype of their product, people who wore it started reporting problems such as rashes and skin conditions occurring in the specific area they had worn their Fitbit bracelets. Of course, the company pulled those products out the market and put a cease to the manufacturing process. Once they determined what was wrong with the build of the bracelet, they started marketing them once again, and people fell for them despite the idea that the rashes might occur in the future.

So, my primary concerns deals with my own health. If a device that is mainly designed to keep you healthy fails to do so because it causes a health problem, it’s absolutely useless, in my opinion.

The next reason I would like to explain somehow revolves around the fact that I believe that exercise should be about stress reduction, movement, and relaxation. If you find it difficult to take those 10,000 daily steps recommended by Fitbit, I can definitely relate to that. I go to the gym on a regular basis and use a heavy bag in my basement, so it’s safe to say that I work out plenty. The only area where I’m lacking exercise is walking, in general. I’ve never been a fan of hiking, and I don’t do a lot of walking because I take the car to work or wherever I have any errands to do, and that’s how Americans are.

I’ve been to Europe when I was younger, and I have to say that the distances between one town and the next are far shorter the ones in the US. It’s practically impossible to keep living in the same city where you work because the rents are incredibly high. You probably see where I’m going. I can’t take the bus to work or walk because that would be extremely time-consuming and counterproductive.

While I have to agree that the 10,000 mark isn’t entirely random as the American Heart Association says that it’s a great idea for improving body health, I can’t be satisfied with this practice because it’s impossible for me to achieve the purpose.

My advice would be to get a good-quality smartphone such an iPhone as it can track anything from your sleep patterns to the number of steps you take every day. Besides, there are free apps such as MyFitnessPal that can help you in terms of tracking your workout and the nutritional value of the food you ingest.

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