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Fitness trackers as health trackers and COVID-19

Last September I decided I was done with fitness watches that track steps (and other stuff). See Why Sam isn’t getting a fitness watch. I bought an analog watch for work so I could keep track of the time without looking at my phone. From that post, “The problem is that they mostly track steps… Continue reading Fitness trackers as health trackers and COVID-19

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A Fitbit for your Finger

By Elan Paulson A number of FIFI bloggers have discussed the merits and problems of fitness trackers. Wearable trackers help folks to monitor their exercise, but they also track, store, and potentially share private health data. These high tech gadgets are slick, but their wearers can focus on the numbers rather than on the feel… Continue reading A Fitbit for your Finger

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An accidental (and happy) vacation from my Fitbit

I accidentally took a Fitbit vacation and it has been swell. Normally, I love my Fitbit. I love the reminders to get moving. I love the fact that it tracks my steps and my heart rate and all kinds of other stuff without me having to remember to write any of it down. I love… Continue reading An accidental (and happy) vacation from my Fitbit

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Apple Watch Honeymoon Is Over (but our relationship continues)

I bought an Apple Watch right before the last major lockdown started back in February (or was it March? The entire pandemic has become a big blur). I loved it so much and wrote about the way it motivated me again here. Closing the rings was an actual motivator that didn’t feel oppressive to me.… Continue reading Apple Watch Honeymoon Is Over (but our relationship continues)

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Kids and fitness trackers: the holiday edition (not)

  TW: weightloss mentioned; negative self talk examples included. By MarthaFitat55 Almost two years ago this March coming, I wrote about targetting kids for weight loss campaigns and fitness trackers. The nutshell: not a great idea because kids are vulnerable. I was reminded of that piece when this article came across my feed describing how… Continue reading Kids and fitness trackers: the holiday edition (not)

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Tracking feminist fitness…

This article came across my newsfeed recently, Health and fitness trackers: Do they help… or hurt?, and I was intrigued. First, points to Precision Nutrition for the image accompanying the article–not a super thin stereotypical fitness model. I appreciate the more inclusive imagery. Second, thanks for the nuanced messaging. They report that fitness trackers work… Continue reading Tracking feminist fitness…

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Tracking activity

I’ve not tracked my activity for two weeks now. I broke my Fitbit strap and there was no easy way to keep the tracker on my person while I waited for a replacement. My new strap arrived today and after retrieving the Fitbit from the charger, I put it together and promptly put it on.… Continue reading Tracking activity

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Movement Monday isn’t Magic but Move Anyway, but only if it works for you

I’m not sure where Movement Monday came from but it seems to be a thing. On the internet anyway. There’s also #MotivationMonday. There’s a lot of pressure on Mondays. It’s also international bench press day. I’ve always been a fan of getting to the gym on Monday. It sets the tone for the week. I… Continue reading Movement Monday isn’t Magic but Move Anyway, but only if it works for you

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Why Sam isn’t getting a fitness watch

I recently posted the following request to Facebook, “I’m often in meetings where I need to know the time but I don’t want to look at my phone. I know the answer, a wristwatch. I want something very mimimalist, no second hand, analog not digital, and it can’t be small. Suitable for wearing to work.… Continue reading Why Sam isn’t getting a fitness watch

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Amazon Halo: bringing 24/7 surveillance and judgment, just in time for the holidays

As if Amazon had not already elbowed its way into our lives enough, now they’re in the wearable health and fitness tracker business. Enter the Amazon Halo. There are some features that make the Halo different from Apple watches or other wearable fitness trackers. Halo’s wristband doesn’t have any display. To get information, you need… Continue reading Amazon Halo: bringing 24/7 surveillance and judgment, just in time for the holidays