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My Fitness Tracker Experience

Lifestyle, Health, wellnessMaría Elena RodríguezComment

A few months ago I posted a lovely photo on Instagram featuring my Fitbit Charge HR where many of you asked me to do a review on it, because I was loving it at first. Good thing I decided to test it out for a few months before writing this post or the outcome would've been very different. 

Let's head back a bit first, shall we? My fitness journey started when I was 14 years old as I discovered an old Jenny Craig workout cassette series my mom had in the living room. Yes, a VHS, back when Jenny20 was the coolest diet ever. Boy have things changed! Well, the thing is this was my first experience with exercise and I loved how strong I felt even though I had many, MANY body image issues. 

I've never done any kind of sports, but I've managed to stay in the habit of exercising and I haven't gone more than three months without doing any type of exercise. I may flake from time to time, but I always come back because that's how I feel best about myself. So when all this fitness tracker hype started emerging out of nowhere, I knew I had to try one. 

I started like most people, with My Fitness Pal. I logged in every single piece of food I put in my mouth all day, errday so I obviously got tired of it. Then I decided to start tracking my steps with the iPhone's Health App, but apparently it was too boring for me. That's when I decided I was going to invest on a beautiful fitness tracker that would make me look sporty and chic in all athleisure glory. 

I purchased the Jawbone Up 24 with a great discount back when Radio Shack was closing its stores. I was so excited to start using it and find all my friends who had wore one too so I could add them on the Jawbone App. So I came home and was really excited to start tracking my steps when all of the sudden the bracelet wouldn't turn on. I googled every single tutorial there is on how to reboot/ restart/ re-whatever a Jawbone Up and nothing happened. So I emailed, called and twitted Jawbone and all I got were generic responses from their Customer Service Team. I kept communicating with them, but I was left unanswered and without a way to do anything about my non-working Jawbone. Needless to say, I would never recommend a Jawbone to you guys. I threw my Jawbone away without hesitation when I Konmari'd my life. Ha! 

After that horrible experience, I decided I was never going to buy another fitness tracker in my life. What if they were all as bad as my previews one? So I really don't know how it happened... (or maybe it was that I was super into Crossfit at the end of 2015) but I purchased the Fitbit Charge HR in a lovely purple color. 

I was hooked. I loved how it monitored my heart rate during WODs, how it congratulated me when I reached 10,000 steps and how I could track how many times I had woken up during my sleep. I even enjoyed logging my food and water intake on the app! The excitement actually lasted about 2 months which is quite a lot for gimmicky technology. 

First I stopped using it during my sleep because it felt too tight for my comfort. Then just as My Fitness Pal, I grew tired of logging every single aspect of my health life into the app. That's when I got really frustrated when I realized that I actually spent $145 on a pedometer that can be found on my phone. And I mean, it's cool to have a heart rate monitor, but I don't think it's absolutely necessary unless you're a sports athlete or a gym rat/ marathoner. Obviously I'm none of the above, so say it with me: Ain't nobody got time for that!

So what am I doing now? I've found that the best way to keep track of my fitness is to not have goals. Yup! You read that right. Since I no longer have "fitness goals" I started forgiving myself for not wanting to workout sometimes. I mean, I'm human and after a long day at work, Netflix and Chill most of the time sounds way better than sweating my ass off! Heck I even stopped working out in the early morning, something that I've been doing for more than 4 years and I used to swear by, because waking up before the sun comes out no longer fits into my lifestyle. And that's ok. My lifestyle right now requires more sleeping in in the mornings and to be honest, going for a run right after work can actually be very stress relieving. 

Basically I've found the only things I need to stay active are headphones, an armband, a smartphone and tennis shoes. The app I'm using right now is Run Keeper because I love how it pushes me to train for a 5K while going at my own pace. I've never been a runner, but I feel this app keeps the pressure away and makes running time feel like me time. Am I finally getting the runners rush?!

My advice to you guys and the reason I created this post is to let you know that the important thing is to stay active. You don't need fitness trackers or gym memberships, unless you really want them of course. Exercise shouldn't be a chore, so find a way to make it fun. There's a LOT of free apps that can do that for you. But if you can't stand having your phone with you, I would say, just go for a basic pedometer. Don't spend too much money on this. Trust me, odds are, you'll get tired of it. 

What do you do to stay active?

Until next time,