Alden Boon

Wearing a Fitness Smartband Has Ruined My Life

01/12/2017

A fitness smartband is supposed to motivate you to adopt an active lifestyle — that is what they say. Who “they” are I do not know, but it is an accepted truth. But wearing one has utterly doomed me.

I walked out of meetings with important clients, abruptly, because my sedentary alarm started beeping. I did not come back until I clocked my ten-thousandth step two hours later.

I became a devil’s advocate and began my conversations with “You didn’t walk ten thousand steps today? You’re going to get a heart attack! Do you want your children to see you coding and dying?”

I over-exercised and had plantar fasciitis and lost all my cartilage, but I continued to push myself because “pain is temporary” and fitness data lasts forever.

I developed an obsession to tracking my heart rate, and in turn I spent many long hours playing games such as Super Mario, because I needed to keep my heart rate up.

I started showing up late for work, because I had to sleep in, because the quality of my sleep according to my smartband was poor.

I had sores around my wrist, just like bed sores, but I refused to remove my fitness smartband and get them treated because that would mean skipping a daily report.

Photo by Andres Urena on Unsplash

Enjoyed this story?

For just a small sum per month, you can help to fund this website, so that Alden can dedicate more time to churning out more insightful pieces like this while keeping the content free for everyone. Head over to https://www.patreon.com/nedla for more information!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alden Boon
Alden Boon is a Quarter-finalist in PAGE International Screenwriting Awards. When he's not busy writing, he pretends he is Gandalf.

Have Your Say