“Six months ago, Jawbone promised the world. Then it built a step tracker.” – Wired
If you’re asking yourself whether you really need a fitness tracker, the answer is probably no.
Wearable fitness devices, like the Fitbit and Jawbone have blown-up in popularity in recent years, claiming to do many things, such as: helping keep you motivated, increasing your physical activity and even helping you get a good nights sleep.
Heck, even President Obama has been seen wearing one recently.
But, despite their numerous lofty claims, it all falls short when it comes to actually using them — for the most part fitness trackers seem to over promise and under deliver. Should it really be all this complicated?
When spending at least $100 on a fitness tracker you’d expect your new gadget to simplify things for you. Instead you’re left with yet another thing to check, yet one more thing to remember and yet another thing to charge.
Checking the results from your gadget raises another question — so what? You’ve done your workout, your data’s all synced, and you’ve got a pretty graph visualizing your various results in front of you. But then what? Yep, charge it up and do it all over again.
Exercise may not seem easy, but it is simple and for the everyday user a fitness tracker will only be, at best, a reminder that you need to work out. Just exercise like you know you should (Try David Gandy’s workout and read Joe Manganiello’s book.)
Alternatively, you could just maybe not have that second deep-dish pizza of the week. So, go hit the gym or head out for a run, and try not to worry too much about the stats.
Of course, if those stats are important to you then may I suggest something you already have: your smartphone. Yup, that iPhone you have in your pocket will no doubt be more than capable of tracking your every move:
It’s worth pointing out that there is some edge cases where activity trackers do, no doubt, have legitimate merit — tracking things such as calorie intake and heart rate could be essential to those needing to seriously keep an eye on things for any ongoing health issues.
But for the majority, having yet another gadget on your person seems excessive and somewhat dispensable — most people who do buy a fitness tracker end up tossing it in a draw within six months anyway.
Fitness bands are only going to tell you what you already know — you sat and binge-watched way too much Better Call Saul this weekend.
Save yourself the spurious ‘motivation’ you think you’ll gain from buying one, bag the $100 you would have spent and just go for a run, lifts some weights and if needed, collect stats with your smartphone.