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Wellocracy: What kind of tracker(s) (device/app) are you using and when did you start wearing it?
Hollis: I guess you could say I’ve used quite a number of devices and apps, going back to my bicycle racing days. Back then I’d use a Polar chest-strap heart rate monitor, Sigma speed and distance sensor, and later apps like MapMyRide and DailyMile for Android. I ride a lot more casually these days, though, and this year got my first day-to-day tracker, a Withings Pulse O2 in spring of 2014. Being late had benefits – the O2 was the newer Pulse on the market and shipped with more features, including a heart rate and blood-oxygen level sensor, data I’d been spoiled with on the bike. I started using it mainly for sleep tracking, but later started wearing it daily as well.
Wellocracy: Why did you start using a tracker? Do you have specific health/wellness goals?
Hollis: For a long time activity trackers that weren’t bicycle-related didn’t appeal to me, to be honest. But I don’t get out on bike as much now, and my priorities have changed. I started noticing just how tired I was all the time, regardless how active the day was. After talking to my doctor I started looking closely at my sleep, or as it turned out, my lack thereof! My goal then wasn’t a new race anymore, it was just getting a good night’s rest. That’s when I bought the Pulse, which had excellent reviews for sleep tracking.