Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Slave to the little electronic gadgets - you bet!

For the second week in a row now I've been able to get to the gym twice already by Tuesday (thanks to G and to Ann. I couldn't have done it without you).

This evening I only did 1.5 miles in 37:38 minutes, but it was "interval training" where the machine automatically goes 'uphill' at certain intervals (it seemed like every five minutes). When I'd finished, I had only accumulated 9,950 steps for the day - oh so close to 10,000. Was I going to go outside and walk the extra 50 steps to get myself over the ten thousand mark? You betcha! It's funny how these little electronic devices (pedometers) can make you do things that you otherwise wouldn't dream of. And I've said before, for me, it's very largely a psychological game of tricking myself into doing it. If I need an electronic device to help me, I'm all for it. I think that's why so many health coaches recommend them, because they know that we all do it. We are all beholden to the influence of these plastic patrons.

In a previous post, I had quoted a Guardian article (http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/05/put-off-death-by-ambling-about-a-bit-more-whats-not-to-love-about-walking) which said that pedometers are, "...your jailer, minder, boss and mum", and "move[s you] into the steps-bore A-league". It's true.

If you have an Android smartphone, you should take a look at the Google Fit app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.fitness) which tracks activities like walking, running and cycling in real-time, with no need for a $100 gadget (not when you phone has already cost you three or four times as much, right?) It integrates with other nutrition and sleep apps (I also use one called Withings Health Mate, for example). You can't beat the price (free!) and the functionality keeps improving all the time.

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