Apr. 14th, 2014

wednesday_10_00: (uekusa-exercise)
On Sunday, before I went for a walk, I checked the app store to see if I could download a pedometer for my phone. I figured Pedometer++ looked nice, and it was free, so I downloaded, and...this is what I saw:

pedometer

(If you want to be technical, I took this screencap after my walk on Sunday, but everything else was the same.) I kind of stared at this for a while, trying to figure out how to delete this data that wasn't mine. Where did it come from? Then I looked at it more, and I was like, "Hey, I went for a walk on Friday. That's MY walk. This is my data." Turns out my phone is recording my steps all the time, it just didn't save them because I never asked it to. I wonder why Apple doesn't preload the 5S with a pedometer app? Because I think it's a pretty cool feature and I'm a little sad it took me this long to take advantage of it.

I've now set my goal to 5,000 steps/day (~2 miles). I'm thinking a normal day is 1,000-2,000 steps (I don't usually leave my phone in my pocket all day, so I'll have to make an effort to do that), so I'm not sure how hard it will be to get that many more steps in without specifically going for a walk. But I really want to make more of an effort to get up from my desk during the day, because I definitely spend too much time at work just sitting. We'll see if this helps at all.

I've been researching fitness trackers like Fitbit, but the problem I have with most of the ones I've seen is:

1. No heart rate monitor
2. Can't track cycling

The first is not a deal breaker (I don't really NEED to track my heart rate, but I'm interested in the data), but I kind of feel like, why shouldn't it track my heart rate if I'm paying a hundred bucks for it? The second one, however, definitely is a deal breaker. I do way too much biking to bother to get a device that would require me to manually input biking stats. (I already do that anyway--in fact, I currently track my biking on THREE different apps--so what's the point of doing it again?) I'm really interested in the amiigo, but that started from an Indiegogo campaign and it looks like not even all backers have gotten theirs yet, so I'm not sure how long it'll be before a general release. (I did add my name on their mailing list.) ...Oh well, I probably don't need another gadget anyway. They're just so darn shiny and tempting.

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