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I Hated Fitbits, But Now I Have One And I Use It Every Day, In A Healthy Way

Sometimes, we knock things too quickly before we try them.

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When Fitbits first became popular, I didn't think much of them. I thought they were for super intense athletes who need to track everything 24/7. When some of my friends started to wear them and had a fun time tracking their steps, I was even more certain I would never get a Fitbit. Why? Because I did not want to tracking my steps to become an obsessive thing. I wanted my health to be walking around and working out for me, not for numbers. If I got a Fitbit, I didn't want my goal of maintaining fitness to be tainted by an obsessive need to reach 10,000 steps every day or to reach a certain amount of calories burned. I just don't think that's a healthy way to go about life.

Sure enough, Apple released their Apple Watch, and both of my parents got one. They set up their watches so that they could see each other's step count for the day and 'compete' to see who can get a higher step count. For them, it was a fun thing and not unhealthy at all. Though, I still wasn't convinced.

My birthday came around last November, and my dad asked me what I wanted. I rambled off a few random things, and then he asked if I wanted an Apple Watch. I answered with a hard NO. I still felt no need to know my step count, heart rate, calories burned, or any other weird thing the watch could tell me.

Not only did the obsessive health part turn me away from getting either device, but also the look. How could I wear a square and clunky thing on my wrist all day? I rarely wear bracelets because they annoy me so much. This was just another reason not to get one.

Suddenly, my view changed. I cannot for the life of me pinpoint my change of heart, but I think it had to do with the new year. I don't make new year resolutions, I think they're counterproductive (because why make a resolution on January 1st that I could have made any other day of the year and stuck with, right? I digress, it is good for some people. Not for me.) But, people making resolutions got me thinking that I did want to do something. I am a health nut and I'm conscious of the 'good' and 'bad' things I eat and use. So, a watch that could track my runs for me and my cardiovascular health sounded amazing.

I did some research on the differences between Apple Watches and Fitbits, and decided I wanted a Fitbit. I hate the size of the newer models, so I got a smaller, rectangular shaped one. I can change the bands between metal and silicone depending on the occasion, and the color depending on my outfit. After using it for a few days now, I've found that it's fun to look at my health with my Fitbit and it gives me insight into my everyday fitness.

I went from really hating Fitbits and everything they stood for, to loving them and using one every day. This is my PSA to try something before putting it in the 'bad' category.

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Being at school and away from home can make being sick worse because there is nobody to take of you such as your parents. Another thing is having to make the decision to get the rest that your body needs in order to feel better or staying on top of your assignments to avoid falling behind. My parents will always tell me to get a good night's sleep so my body can feel better the next day. However, sometimes I will feel more stress if my work isn't getting done and I feel like I'm falling behind and leaving things to get done in the last minute.

Currently, I am sick now and the past few days haven't been easy, but I still attended all my classes so I wouldn't miss any material or assignments that were given. I usually end up feeling the worst at night when trying to fall asleep, and by that time the doctors are not present at the student health center. Even though my health is important I usually don't like taking too much time out of my day to go to the health center to see a doctor. Some days I don't really have much free time before the evening.

I don't believe I have been over-exerting myself, but I don't want to just stay in my bed all day and sleep, even though that may be what is best for me. Most professors will be understanding if I email them and provide them a doctor's note as well, but I also just got back from a conference where I had to miss two days of classes next week.

I have been trying to keep hydrated so that way my body can fight the sickness. Also, I have been told if you stay hydrated you can flush the virus out of your body quicker.

Eating can also be a pain when you have a sore throat, for the past couple of days I have tried to have some soup in order to help. Most meals I would have to force myself to eat something of substance in order to give my body some type of energy in order to get through the day. It's also never fun not being able to breathe out of your nostrils. If it wasn't my nose being stuffed, then it would be constantly runny so there was no winning that battle.

Looking back, I probably should have done a bit more work over spring break in order to get ahead in the case that something like this would happen. I wanted my break to be exactly that, a break. After not being home for a few months I just wanted some time off to relax.

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