1. Breathing Heavy. As your muscles require more oxygen, your heart pushes more blood to them. As your muscles work harder, they produce more carbon dioxide. The increased carbon dioxide is carried by the increased movement of blood to your lungs which triggers the demand for heavier breathing. So, using your breathing is an excellent way to monitor if you’re working at the right intensity. You don’t need a tracker to tell you that.
2. Time exercising. The time you were active while breathing heavy is all that you need to know, besides that you were breathing heavy. That’s it.
Amount of time + heavy breathing = good intensity to affect health.
3. How do you feel? You’ve just finished a workout. You feel you worked hard. The tracker on your wrist says your heart rate was much lower than last two workouts. Are you wrong? Did you not work as hard as you feel you did? There are many factors that determine the heart-rate response to effort. Effort’s most sensitive marker is “how hard do you feel you worked?”
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The people who are going to find the most use from biometric trackers are competitive athletes, those training to become said athletes, and agencies like insurance companies or other entities.
Biometric data for many is fun to have around, somewhat a vanity interest, a form of micro-analyzing activity for high-performers.
For the rest of us, to purchase a tracker that commonly ends up in the drawer is a questionable investment. It‘s even more questionable in that it’s providing data to data banks, who package the personal information to be sold to the highest bidder (and you likely paid over 200$ for the tracker to sell my data)…
If used incorrectly, these trackers can limit how an individual progress, and can even stop that progression entirely.
If you find your fitness tracker’s helping you keep focus on your journey to your fitness goals, that’s great! But if you find yourself getting caught up in the elusive metric-chasing game that so many others do, it may be time to kick that thing and get back to enjoying a good ‘old-fashioned’ workout. If you haven’t bought into the craze, then really consider not investing in something that will end up being nothing more than an expensive paperweight. The alternative: Measure your breathing, measure the length of time you worked out, take measure of how you really feel. Inexpensive but the best way to stay tuned to your body.
1. Kate Bayless. The dark side of fitness trackers. Live Strong https://www.livestrong.com/article/13716661-fitness-trackers-and-mental-health/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=051019_fri_curated&c_crid=cta4. Published February, 2019. Accessed May 20, 2019.
2. Sarah Silbert. What can fitness trackers track? Life Wire. https://www.lifewire.com/what-wearables-can-track-4121040. Published December, 2018. Accessed May 20, 2019.
3. Newswise. Quality, not quantity, counts most in exercise and diet. Newswise. https://www.newswise.com/articles/quality-not-quantity-counts-most-in-diet-and-exercise-skidmore-college-study-finds. Published May, 2014. Accessed May 20, 2019