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. .
7 months ago
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? .