OK, so the title is pure clickbait, BUT it’s the 21st century and the amount of tech at our disposal is limitless.
Track your calorie burn…no problem
Measure your daily steps…easy work!
But what about heart rate variability?
Hours in REM sleep?
Data of which zone you’re training in?
Frequency of bowel movements?
Amount of romantic partners!
Your depression reading for the day!
The amount of variables and measures that fitness trackers access is starting to get a bit bloody ridiculous. Just look at the current coolest trend of the Whoop subscription which tells you if you’re recovered enough to exercise!
I thought surely a simple opening of the eyelids when you wake up would give you that data in a split second, what happened to that intuitive process of listening to your body?
Don’t get me wrong I’m not just outing fitness trackers I’m merely giving you the alternative answer to perhaps why you shouldn’t always measure, track and listen to your tech.
Here is, three reasons why they could be your ultimate downfall.
1 – They can increase feelings of anxiety
In an article published in the conversation, the study found that of 200 women who used a Fitbit tracker, 79% felt pressured to reach their daily targets, while 59% reported that they felt their daily routines to be controlled by fitbit.
These pressures can lead to increased anxiety and one of the coping strategies for stress is binge eating and an all or nothing mentality around nutrient consumption.
2 – They’re not even accurate!
Researchers at Stanford University school of Medicine found that out of 7 fitness trackers tested, 6 measured heart rate within 5%. However, when it came down to energy expenditure, they were all a bit crap.
The researchers used sixty volunteers (29 male, 31 female, average age 38) of diverse age, height, weight, skin tone, and fitness level and urged caution in the use of energy expenditure measurements from these devices as part of health improvement programs.
There is a big emphasis placed upon external measures as opposed to how you perform and feel during exercise. This results in a dissonance towards a truly intuitive approach.
3 – They can be too generic
Trackers normally score all cardiovascular workouts as a higher degree of success due to a large calorie output. This can take individuals down a path away from actual workout performance to workout output, and given the output might be measured by something that isn’t necessarily accurate, this can result in minimal results and poor body composition.
Increased anxiety around calorie numbers and compulsive exercise tendancies, give us key links towards negative trends with users and their trackers. This could also pertain to individuals developing worse relationship with exercise and anxiety conditions around their nutrition.