The first week I mainly found the watch to be a distraction, fiddling about with the different clock faces, checking the weather, using the connection with my phone to make calls and feel a bit like a secret agent (without any of the other martini swigging; death defying; globetrotting activities that 007 has). There have been a couple of times where I forgot to charge the watch and the days where NO steps were taken would sit starkly against the other days where my step targets were met.
I see myself as a healthy individual, as I pointed out in my first entry. Exercise is important to me and I enjoy exercising, so I didn’t feel using a wearable device would cause any great shift in mentality but I was excited to use it and approached the idea with an open mind.
There is the danger of keeping stationary at your desk for hours at a time when having an office job. I think we’re all guilty of this despite health and safety in the workplace continually alluding to the importance of being active. I have become more aware of this with the watch because it tells me so. After an hour of being stationary it will flash up and encourage me to get moving with an image of a shoe snoozing- not quite personal trainer, but it works. I must admit, a lot of the time I ignore it, however I am getting better at responding to its call by grabbing some water, walking to the post room, going outside for some air (it’s been a very mild September and October).
On my 30th birthday in September I went to Lisbon with my family and the watch came too. If you haven’t been, Lisbon is an incredibly hilly place so walking around the beautiful city is a moderate-high intensity workout at times.
There was a great moment at the end of one long day when my watch sent me a congratulatory message that I had smashed my previous record for the number of steps ascended, by some considerable distance - 64 floors! I could tell the watch was impressed. I kind of enjoy the mini-fist bump feeling of setting a new personal best, even if it is for walking up and down floors!
The marathon training is on-going and the watch has been a part of it: tracking my time, monitoring my heartrate, sending my cursory ‘well-done messages’ once I’ve completed my run (which I could probably do without). But the wearable device is certainly an integral part of the training- when running with my friend who is doing the marathon as well, he constantly asks me “how long have we been going now?” “what’s your heart rate?”. I can tell he’s impressed.
As mentioned in my previous entry, the biggest change to my mind set has been my attitude to walking. I enjoy going for walks in my downtime, but during the week I would take the easy option and jump on the underground to get to my destination. Now I am more resolute with myself to walk to my destinations, so we achieve that vital step target.
There have been a few scenarios where I’ve realised en route to a meeting that I’ve underestimated the length of time it would take to walk and end up arriving at my destination, slightly flushed, slightly out of breath and slightly damp, not really an ideal image to transmit.
Do I feel healthier now? Ultimately I feel very similar, apart from the added steps I take per day I exercise a similar amount, I still eat copious amounts of food, (some healthy choices, some not so much), I still drink enough to feel slightly embarrassed when a doctor asks for a rough weekly estimate. But I have promised myself to address this next and feel confident I can become the paradigm of health and maybe my desire to become that image is influenced by a device which can give instant updates related to certain aspects of my being that I wouldn’t have even thought of checking before.