I decided to get a fitbit last March 2018 because I seen one of my clients with one. She inspired me after seeing her track her heart rate during workouts and being able to see her overall calorie burn after our session.
So after browsing for a few days, I ordered myself a fitbit charge 2. I was utterly excited to see what is going on inside my body, whilst training, resting and sleeping. So me and the fitbit got onto a good start. Im not ashamed to admit, I loved it. I loved monitoring my sleep, my heart rate at various times of the day, seeing how my pulse would drop at 3am on night shifts and also how many steps I could do every day.
I got a surge of endorphins when my watch buzzed and showed me firework symbols as I hit my goals. I was invited to workweek hustles with a few people and we competed who could get the most steps. I soon upped my goal to 15,000 to give myself a challenge. I put it on for every workout, and was amazed at how fun movement such as gymnastics for 2 hours could burn more calories than my gym session.
The problems started to arise when I felt the pressure to live up to my watches expectations. If I was tired and wanted to rest and seen that I’d only done 4,000 steps, I would feel like I had to do more. So I would walk, randomly, just to get the steps in. I would feel a sense of guilt if I wasn’t as active as some days. This drove me into not listening to my body. At what point did I allow technology to interfere with my own intuition about how and when I moved my body? I love my training sessions and walking therefore I don’t actually need motivation to do either.
I would also get preoccupied by the sleep feature, even if I had felt like I had slept good, I would check my fitbit app and see exactly how it thought I had slept. For example, if my deep sleep was under 30 minutes, this would make me feel more knackered. I would also get so fixated on the hours I had slept, if I seen it was less than 6hours, then I thought it would automatically mean my day was going to be a long, difficult one.
I found the watch interfered with my training too, as I would check my heart rate after every set. I did this instead of thinking of how I actually felt. Things like sprints would be affected as I didn’t want stay in peak so I would slow my pace. Silly because I’m pretty sure my body would tell me when to stop if I needed to, not my watch!
So to hit my step goal, I would be walking for 45 minutes to get to work, working, the doing a training session and then walking again for 45 minutes back home. Because I walked so bloody much, my body was often tired for my training sessions.
I only really realised all of this, when I took my watch off and went on a night out. Not constantly checking the time, my pulse when out, I felt free. I realised I had been a slave to my watch without even knowing it. Only when I took it off I realised all of these things.
So if you are also a slave to your watch, think of which ways it actually serves you.
I now unintentionally spend longer in the gym, with more energy and I actually listen to my body. I stop when I need to; I rest when I need to. I feel like separating from the device from my wrist has allowed me to get closer to my own intuitive self! I feel fitter, mentally and physically.
Some people love, and get alot out of their tracking devices and I respect if that’s you. So please don’t take offence by my own experience. We are all different and if something works for you, keep it. If it no longer serves you, then give it up!
Peace and love,