Wellocracy: What kind of tracker(s) (device/app) are you using and when did you start wearing it?
Michael: I started tracking with a Garmin Vivofit, moved on to a Polar M400 GPS running watch and now I wear an Apple Watch.
Wellocracy: Why did you start using a tracker? Do you have specific health/wellness goals?
Michael: I started using a tracker because I wanted to start logging my runs, checking in on activity throughout the day, and have tangible evidence for exercise data.
Wellocracy: What did you learn about yourself by using a tracker?
Michael: I learned that I walk a lot more in a day than I thought, and that I burn more calories than I had imagined; even on non-exercise days! It also helped me to realize what it takes to work off a donut at the gym.
Wellocracy: What do you like best about your tracker? What do you like least about it?
Michael: The Garmin Vivofit was great, but it didn’t have enough watch functions (backlight, timer, etc). The Polar M400 was near perfect – GPS tracking of runs, all the watch functions I needed, etc. The Apple Watch took it all a step further, giving phone connectivity, heart rate monitoring without a strap and direct input of data into the health app.
Wellocracy: Do you share your data with family or friends?
Michael: No I don’t share my data. I had a few friends that ran regularly, but I don’t think sharing my data with them would have helped me to stay motivated or active.
Wellocracy: What advice would you give someone thinking about tracking or, do you have other thoughts you would like to share?
Michael: Tracking is a great way to realize how much or how little activity you do in a day – how much time you spend sitting down, how much energy you expend. Depending on your specific needs, you can start off simple, like tracking your steps with a Fitbit Zip, or get something more advanced like an Apple Watch with all the bells and whistles.