Confessions of a Teenage Health Blogger: Fitness Trackers

I have a confession…

I hate FitBit culture.

I’m a millennial who loves fitness and wants to go into IT. Aren’t these bands a combination of my two favorite things? Nope.

It’s becoming difficult to escape over the past few years. Everyone seems to be sporting these bands – all over college campuses, gyms, and malls.

Why has the mission to get 10,000 steps per day become a part of our culture? I’m not sure. Sure, our society is fighting a war against obesity, but is this really the solution?

Here’s another confession…I fed into this for three years. I bought an UP band in 2012, before the hype of fitness trackers began. I had always thought of myself as an active person, so wearing the band felt like a symbol of health to me.

At face value, it seems like these bands bring more awareness to fitness. However, I believe that it takes away the self-awareness aspect of fitness.

Shouldn’t we be exercising because we know that our bodies need it? Not to get the gratification of a piece of technology congratulating us on a job well done? Do we really need a piece of technology to tell us if we are working our bodies enough? Are we becoming closer and closer to the world of Wall-E?

I lost my passion for health and wellness because of my band. I was no longer exercising for my own benefit, but for the gratification that it presented. I wanted to outdo what I had done the day before, to continue my streak, and to beat the rest of my family in our competition.

The band brought a level of anxiety to fitness that didn’t belong. I constantly checked my phone to see my number of steps, I wouldn’t exercise in ways that didn’t increase my step count, and I wouldn’t even hold anything in my left hand for the fear of it interfering with the accuracy of my steps. It was unhealthy.

Fitbits are becoming so widespread that I’m concerned for the future of health and wellness. Why I agree that yes, something needs to be done about the issues of health in our country, I don’t think that these bands are the answer.

Confessions of a Teenage Health Blogger: Fitness Trackers

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