Fitness Trackers: Step by Step to Better Health or Driving Us Crazy?

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    Aug 24, 2013 7:35 PM GMT
    I'm kind of on the fence on this one. Tech can be a valuable aid in fitness and training.

    My behavior started changing the minute I strapped the fitness bands onto my arm - the Fitbit Flex, the Nike+ Fuelband, the Jawbone UP, the Shine by Misfit Wearables, and the Fitbit One in my pocket.

    I wore the fitness tracking devices all over my body for a week and recorded everything I could into smartphone apps: how many steps I took every day, how many calories I consumed and burned, how many hours of sleep I got each night, how many cups of water (or beer) I drank, and on.

    The devices made me conscious of what I was doing, or more often, not doing, and I lived a healthier life because of the bands for the first few days of the experiment. I ate salads and salmon, hit the gym and went to bed early. The Jawbone UP would even vibrate on my wrist after 15 minutes of inactivity, which spurred me to get up from my desk throughout the day and walk to the water cooler or jog down and up a few flights of stairs in my office building.




    http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/fitness-trackers-step-step-health-driving-us-crazy/story?id=19936093
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    Aug 25, 2013 5:15 AM GMT
    Like any other productive apps/devices, they can go both ways. People are given better means of tracking the status of their health and fitness, but it is entirely up to them to decide how they want to use those tools. I think it is great that they are around to allow people who want to be more health conscious to have a better grip on what they are doing and what they need to do to be/stay healthy. If someone goes completely insane using these devices... well, that person probably would have driven him/herself crazy with something else anyway (e.g. someone with a Type A personality).