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A nice 2.5(I think) mile ride around town last night that was unrecorded. I think it's a good idea to not always record things, to avoid reducing your fitness routine to nothing but a bunch of numbers. .

Don't get me wrong, fitness trackers and the numbers they provide can be very helpful for monitoring progress. .

However, the two biggest problems obsessing over numbers may lead to are: .

1) Pointless comparisons with other people. This is especially detrimental if you're comparing yourself with pro or more experienced athletes. At its worst, this can lead to injury, emotional problems, or burnout. Everyone is on their own journey, everyone has their own unique biology, so comparisons are usually pointless. .

2) Focusing too much on numbers can take away from the enjoyment of an activity. In other words, the objective aspects of fitness, however useful they are, can distract from the subjective aspect(such as finding something enjoyable), which should be just as important. .

Again, I'm not saying you should not track things or have goals, just that sometimes you may be better off ignoring them. .

Do you sometimes become obsessed with numbers? Have you found it beneficial to run or exercise occasionally without a tracker? .

5 months ago 9

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  • beedy81
    @acrotrekker I can't count calories. I only did it to make sure I was eating enough after the ortho and I never was. And now I make everything from scratch, so that's a pain if I were to think about it! 😅 - 5 months ago
  • acrotrekker
    @mironchikus Thank you, Miron! - 5 months ago
  • acrotrekker
    @beedy81 I understand, that's a good approach. I record about 95% of my runs, but I generally don't record unicycle practice unless it's a ride. I also never count calories, I just sometimes do rough estimates. Have fun! - 5 months ago
  • mironchikus
    Superb post!!! - 5 months ago
  • beedy81
    I no longer track because it was bringing back my orthorexia. I know the distances of my favourite routes. I have an activity watch but I use it as a plain old watch and to track my heart rate when I'm working out. The GPS never picked up anyway. - 5 months ago
  • acrotrekker
    @air_dancer Thank you, Lynn! - 5 months ago
  • acrotrekker
    @veganfitnessphd Thanks for your input. That's an interesting point, that data helps you emotionally detach from the activity. In some people it's the opposite, especially if they are disappointed by the numbers. Sometimes with the most advanced trackers there may be data overload, though of course it depends on your goals, etc. Whatever works for you, and I admire you and all the research you do! - 5 months ago
  • air_dancer
    😍💕 - 5 months ago
  • veganfitnessphd
    Great post! I completely agree. It’s easy to get focused on numbers. I am very mindful of my relationship to weight lifted, reps performed, steps etc. I try to just see it as data which allows me to be emotionally detached from it because I have my ‘researcher’ hat on! 🤓 - 5 months ago