I took my watch off. I know that doesn’t seem like a big deal, but I was weirdly attached to it. It was as much a part of me as my hand or my cell phone (the next device to go). It was always on me and I recorded everything. But, I realized one day that I was feeling exceptionally uneasy because I had to take it off to charge it. I experienced anxiety when it had a glitch and wouldn’t turn back on. That’s when I knew it had to go.
Of course I still wear my Garmin to run. I can’t go cold turkey like that. Besides, it is still a very useful tool. But I knew I didn’t need to record every act of athleticism: I stopped timing lifting and yoga sessions. Did I really need to keep track of how many minutes and seconds I spent doing these things? Surely not.
I was still kind of wrapped up in the Garmin data. How many steps did I take in a day? How many miles did that come out to? Heart rate, sleep (and how many times I rolled over), steps, hydration, body weight…all of these things seemed SO important, and not just when I was running, but all the time. I was constantly checking graphs and trends on the app, checking my resting heart rate when watching TV, checking my steps while doing chores, checking, checking, checking.
What was I doing with all this data? I wasn’t sleeping more or figuring out how to get better sleep. I didn’t need to increase my step count, but I was worried if I didn’t hit my new, automatically adjusted goal on rest days. There wasn’t much I could do or was willing to do about my heart rate at any given point of time. So why was I allowing myself to be tied to this device that was collecting and feeding all this data to the Internet? What would happen if I just didn’t?
It’s been a month since I’ve tracked anything not related to running. And, I’ve felt pretty free with a naked wrist. I haven’t run any better or worse without collecting all this non-running data. I still lift and do yoga just as often, I still sleep roughly 8 hours at night (and sometimes roll over), my heart rate is still somewhere in the wide range of 35 to 170 bpm. Maybe I didn’t really know how to utilize this data correctly. Maybe I didn’t even need it at all. I do know that I’ve been calmer about my overall health since I’m not so hyper focused on it. I’m trusting myself and just living off of effort. Maybe one day I’ll get to a point where I can run without my watch at all, or at least stop looking at it so much. Maybe.
Do you record biometrics when not working out? Does it help; how so? Have you ever thought about why you record all these numbers?