Karin gave me a Garmin Vivofit for Christmas. It’s one of those little wrist-mounted activity trackers. Being a Garmin, it fits in nicely with the fitness gadget ecosystem I have going already (running watch) and tracks my steps and sleep… or at least how much I move around when I sleep. It looks like it’s going to form the core of yet another step-up in my self-quantification efforts as we move into 2015. Turning everything I do into a number… does that make me more aware of what I do and thus healthier? Or does it just make me neurotic? We’re about to find out, I guess.
My Pebble watch got a firmware update this past week and with it spared me the need to spend about a hundred and fifty bucks. See, I’ve been contemplating getting one of those little fitness trackers, the little wristband kinds that monitor you over the course of a day, tell you how much you’re walking or sitting on your ass, and then upload it to the internet for (presumably) public shaming purposes. But through a partnership with Jawbone (who makes the UP band and app) Pebble now has that functionality built in. I optimistically set my daily step goal at 15,000… because amazingly enough I do walk about ten thousand steps every day, on average, without any extra effort. I am writing about it for two reasons: (a) like I said, it saved me spending about $150 on one of those dedicated straps which I would have worn for a couple months then set aside anyhow, while I’ll still probably be wearing my watch a year from now and (b) it just buzzed at me to let me know I haven’t moved very much in the last 30 minutes as I’ve been sitting here in a cafe writing blog posts. *sigh*