Fitness Trackers: Who Uses Them and Why?
Back in the day, I used a pedometer as a fitness tracker. It was always fun working toward those 10,000 steps a day. Well now, of course, the gadgets are much more sophisticated and technological. I tried a Fitbit for less than a day and decided it wasn’t for me. Just because this wasn’t for me, it doesn’t mean that many people out there don’t love it. Some people use their Fitbit every day where they have even opted to check out sites like Mobile Mob, in the hopes of getting a variety of Fitbit accessories to go with the watch. For me, it was as simple as not wanting something on my wrist. I had given up watches a long time ago. My skin had become increasingly sensitive to all sorts of jewelry.
So, it got me thinking. I seem to be the only person in the world who doesn’t use some sort of fitness tracker. That can’t be true, so I conducted a little survey of my Facebook friends to find out. They were asked the following questions:
- Do you use a fitness tracker and why?
- If you don’t use a fitness tracker, what is your reason?
- If you would like to use one, but haven’t purchased one yet, why not?
The overall results came to this:
- 15 people answered my survey
- 4 people have never used one
- 1 person used to use one and doesn’t anymore
- 10 people use one and love it
What they said about NOT using one:
- “I heard they aren’t really as accurate as they claim. I also don’t want to become obsessed with tracking.”
- “I know if I am fit. I know myself well.”
- “I try to live in the dark ages without technology tracking my every move.” (my personal favorite response)
The response I found interesting was the one from the person who used to have one and got rid of it:
“It gave me a false sense of working out which led to entitlement eating.” She went on to discuss the difference between the benefits of walking versus focus on body composition. She wanted to pay more attention to weight lifting, cardio, yoga, and Pilates.
Of those who use them, there were six with Fitbits, two with Garmin Vivos, and two with Apple Watches. Fitbits tend to have charging issues. Those who have the Garmins switched because they were tired of charging the Fitbit or had gone through so many. Apple Watch looks like the most comprehensive and convenient, doing much more than tracking fitness activity.
One responder mentioned that her husband’s insurance company gives them points for using their Fitbit Flex 2, which they can convert into cash. She almost has me sold!
This is one of those instances where the phrase to each his own is appropriate. Whether you use one or not and which one you use all depends on personal preference. And that’s what makes the world go ‘round.
Thank you to Fitness Jockey for the opportunity to chime in on the subject of fitness trackers. Hop on over there for this article: