Wellocracy: What kind of tracker(s) (device/app) are you using and when did you start wearing it?
Amanda: I started tracking in 2007 when I was training for the NYC Half-Marathon. I used the MapMyRun app to log my runs. I still use MapMyRun to keep track of specific runs. A couple of years ago I tried out the Misfit Shine. I liked it for its simplicity. Unfortunately, I lost it during a trip to the zoo! Last year my husband bought me the Microsoft Band which I really like. Currently I am testing out the Fitbit Alta. I like trackers that serve more than one purpose. Both the Band and Alta come equipped with receive/call/text/calendar notification functions which I greatly appreciate!
Wellocracy: Why did you start using a tracker? Do you have specific health/wellness goals?
Amanda: I started using a tracker to help me prepare for my first half marathon in 2007. Since then, I have completed a bunch of 5K and 10K races and a handful of half marathons. I am always looking for new ways to challenge myself. I’ve completed Sprint Triathlons and Tough Mudder races that really took me out of my element in a good way. This year I’ve signed up for the Boston Athletic Association Distance Medley and I’ve been accepted to run in the 2016 NYC marathon in November! I really enjoy being active and outdoors. While I don’t have specific health or wellness goals, heart disease runs in my family so it is something that is always in the back of my mind.
Wellocracy: What did you learn about yourself by using a tracker?
Amanda: I learned that I hate losing! Okay, I already knew that, but until I started using a tracker I was not aware of how much I disliked not meeting a goal. I’m the kind of person who will walk in circles around their kitchen table just to make sure I meet my step goal by the end of the day!
Wellocracy: What do you like best about your tracker? What do you like least about it?
Amanda: I like the accountability of a tracker. I also like that my newest one has a feature that will buzz you if you’ve been sitting for too long. On the days when I need this it’s a nice reminder to just get up out of my chair. What I like least about most trackers is their appearance. Most are pretty bulky, but I know that is starting to change. Also, I do many of my runs while pushing a jogging stroller, and if I’m holding onto the handles, my steps aren’t recorded. It can be pretty defeating when you complete a long run but get no credit for it by your tracker!
Wellocracy: Do you share your data with family or friends?
Amanda: My husband and I definitely compete against each other using our activity trackers! We don’t necessarily share our daily step data, but we definitely share how far/fast our runs are.
Wellocracy: What advice would you give someone thinking about tracking or, do you have other thoughts you would like to share?
Amanda: There are so many trackers out there it’s really important to find one that suits your needs and lifestyle. Whether you’re a swimmer, biker, walker, or whatever, there’s a tracker out there just waiting to be tried out.