Oct. 12, 2020

New Features From Fitbit - Do I Need An App To Let Me Know I'm Stressed?

New Features From Fitbit - Do I Need An App To Let Me Know I'm Stressed?

New Shiny Features on Smartwatches Grab Out Attention


WEIGH IN

I talk about this today. I'm going up and down on a somewhat regular basis, but the end result is I'm pretty much staying around 227.


NEW FITBIT SENSE

In this episode I mention where the heck I've been, and what has caught my eye. The new Fitbit Sense which now has Amazon Alexa, or Google Assistant built into the Watch. It also can measure your oxygen blood status (like the new Apple iWatch). In addition to the Alexa and Google assistants, they added a feature that helps track how stressed you are. 

From their website:

The new EDA sensor on Fitbit Sense measures electrodermal activity responses. Using the EDA Scan app, place your palm over the face of the device to detect small electrical changes in the sweat level of your skin. Measuring your EDA responses can help you understand your body’s response to stressors and help you manage your stress. You can do a quick EDA Scan session on device to see your responses, or pair it with guided mindfulness sessions in the Fitbit app to see how your body responds during meditation or relaxation. At the end of your session, you will see an EDA response graph on-device and in the mobile app to gauge your progress over time and reflect on how you feel emotionally.


While I love the way technology can help track our ups and downs, and inspire us to push ourselves outside of our comfort zone, I sometimes wonder, "Do I need an app to let me know that I'm rested? Stressed? They may find things I can't see. I'm just not sure these extra features are worth the hundreds of dollars (more) than something like the smartwatch from Fittrack.


I will admit that the thought of having Alexa and Google on the watch made me go, "oooh," we should all remember that if you have your phone with you (and c'mon, when was the last time you were without your phone?) you can talk to "Lexy" or Google, so don't get too excited about a feature you already have. 


I COULD HAVE BEEN LOSING WEIGHT

As a logical loser you know I've been in a long three phase project of moving. As I approach phase three, and I see (via my trackers) the activity I've done, I could've used this time to lose weight. Who knew cleaning baseboards or painting burned so many calories? I know my legs, my thumb, and other parts of my body sure felt it. 

Had I taken just a little bit of time I could've been eating healthier meals for dinner. By eating healthy breakfasts, and lunch, this resulted in my basically going up and down, but more or less staying the same. 

Tonight after I got done doing some work on the house I went out and took a brisk walk for 25 minutes. The world did not come to an end. I still completed everything I wanted to. While we are all busy, maybe we are not as "24/7 busy" as we think we are. 


DON'T PRACTICE DOING THE BAD STUFF

So while I didn't completely ignore my weight loss efforts, I took my "foot of the gas" without putting it on the break. By doing this, you then have to take the step of "pushing down on the gas pedal" and depending on how long you've been coasting, the harder, or stranger, that step may feel. Keep your foot on the gas.


BUY CANDY YOU DON'T LIKE

With Halloween candy now out earlier and earlier, don't fall for it. If you buy it early, this means you can eat it early and then have to buy MORE just to feed the neighborhood kids (IF they are having trick or treat with COVID in your neighborhood). Do you have a candy you hate? (I had to think about it, but butterfingers were never my favorite), maybe that is the best treat for the kids to help you avoid "trying just one." 


MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

Fitbit Sense


Fitbit Verse 3


Fittrack Atria



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