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Fitness Trackers: What We Do With the Data Is What Matters

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I can barely take a step, jump on a treadmill, go to Pilates or yoga, or even go to sleep, without setting my smart watch. I love that I am literally a walking statistic, with various types of data from my body being recorded for my review.

Got a device by Fitbit, Garmin, or Jawbone? Liking the Microsoft Band or the Apple Watch? Wearable is the new black — or pink or white, even orange.

My device tracks the quality of my sleep to how many calories I burn. However, the burning question still is, “Do we trust technology too much when it comes to our health?”

LifeHacker.com says, “The problem with quantifying yourself, as even advocates of the movement will tell you, is that tracking every little bit of information is just the beginning. Next, you have to examine the data and actually make the changes required to improve your life.”

It is what we do with that data, or how we react to it, that makes a difference.

For example, I can choose to succumb to my fatigue when I see that I woke up five times through the night, or I can figure out why I woke up five times through the night.

If I only took a certain amount of steps one day and know that I sat at my desk for much of that time, perhaps the next day I can choose to do my research while on the elliptical trainer or walk throughout the house when I am on a phone call.

LifeHacker.com says you can think of your life like a game when it comes to interpreting your data, but before you do that you have to be motivated to make a change. Just little subtle shifts as I mentioned above can ultimately shift your stats for the better.

The predecessors of some of these devices are apps that allow us to track our food and calories as well. I actually really like these types of apps because they allow for accountability.

For example, before you reach for your toddler’s leftover nuggets and fries (grass-fed and non-GMO, of course) you will think twice about eating them, because you know you have to track it.

Various types of technology are good for goal setting and accountability.

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